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
A new report calls on governments and health care providers to address the physical health needs of people with #mentalillness. Compared to the general population, those with #mentalillness are more likely to die prematurely. After analyzing almost 100 studies, the report’s authors found that most people with #mentalillness who die early do so because of preventable physical health issues. For example, people with #depression are at roughly 40 percent higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. The report also found that those with #mental disorders are less likely to receive medical care, such as a physical exam or surgery, than those without. “We do need to start addressing the mind and the body together,” said Joseph Firth, research fellow at the University of Manchester and chairman of the Lancet Psychiatry Commission, which published the report. “It sounds like a very old-age saying of ‘healthy body, healthy mind.’ But looking at the data, that’s so well-supported that it’s almost impossible to imagine an effective treatment system where we keep these two things separate.”