Every 28 seconds someone makes a #suicideattempt.
I had personal experience with this myself, when I lost my brother, Erik, to #suicide in 2016.
That is why on June 9 I will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to meet with my members of Congress and demand they make #suicideprevention a top legislative priority.
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
I will be asking my senators and representative to support:
1. Increased funding for #suicideprevention research within The #NationalInstituteofMentalHealth to a level commensurate with the suicide crisis in our country.
2. Strengthened reporting requirements for #mentalhealth parity.
3. Full funding of the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline.
4. Maintain service member and veteran #suicideprevention as a national priority.
In my meetings, I will be the voice for #suicideprevention. I will not be alone though; I will be joined by passionate community leaders of the ever-growing movement of people who care about preventing suicide because they too have been affected by suicide. You can join us by calling your member of Congress and asking them to make suicide prevention the priority it deserves to be.