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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – What We Know and Don’t Know about How Mass Trauma Affects #MentalHealth

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How does mass trauma affect #mentalhealth?

Research offers some clues. One study found that mass shooting victims who had a previous trauma history were at increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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

Other research suggests that physical closeness to a violent incident and emotional closeness to victims increase the risk of longer-term mental health issues.

Most people who experience major trauma do not die by #suicide, but exposure to violence may increase #suiciderisk. For more than a decade, research has sought to explain the transition from #suicidalthoughts to behaviors. One theory proposes that people are more likely to act on #suicidalthoughts when they see violence as normal, can tolerate high levels of pain, and have access to guns or other means.

To help support those who have experienced mass trauma, experts recommend giving them a safe and supportive space to process their feelings. Some research suggests that fostering resilience and gratitude could also help protect survivors from developing #mentalhealthissues.

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