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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – Letter to the Editor: Prioritize #SuicidePrevention

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depressionand what to say

Every 28 seconds someone attempts suicide

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 #JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.#http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

 

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I have had personal experiences with suicide loss. While in my 20s in the early 1980s, I lost a cousin and three of my childhood friends to suicide. Then, in 2014, my daughter lost a dear friend to suicide. In addition to my experiences with suicide loss, I have worked in and volunteered in the addiction and recovery and mental health fields for over 20 years, working with individuals and families struggling with addiction and mental health concerns.

That is why I and many others will travel to Washington, D.C., to meet members of Congress for the third year in a row and demand they make #mentalhealthandsuicideprevention a top legislative priority.

I will ask Texas Senators and Representatives to 1) increase funding for #suicideprevention research within The #NationalInstitutionofMentalHealth to a level commensurate with the suicide crisis in our country 2) strengthen reporting requirements for #mentalhealth parity, ensuring that #mentalhealth is considered equal to physical health 3) fully fund the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline and 4) maintain active military Service Member & Veteran #suicideprevention as a national priority.

One thing is certain. At some point in life, each of us will realize that no one is immune to #mentalillness, addiction, #suicide or #suicide loss. Everyone agrees that more can be done. And that is so encouraging to me because this topic to too important to go unaddressed.

Ann Marie Casiraghi

Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities

Texas Tech University

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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