CHARLOTTE, N.C. — While most people are looking forward to the holidays, it can be a tough time for those living with #mentalillness.
- Fonda Bryant, a mental health advocate, is speaking to CMS students about recognizing and protecting themselves from mental health issues
- CMS leaders tell Bryant suicide attempts rise during holiday breaks or long weekends
- Anyone in need of help can call the #NationalSuicideHotline at 1-800-273-TALK
Fonda Bryant, a member of the #NationalAllianceonMentalIllness, is speaking to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students this week about how they can better protect their #mentalhealth. The primary focus of Bryant’s speaking tour is to help students learn the warning signs for #depression and warning signs of being suicidal.
She says leaders with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools tell her, “When students have a long weekend or get out for the holidays, the #suicide attempts rise.”
Bryant is also giving out #suicideprevention wristbands and encouraging students to speak with a trusted adult or parent if they’re feeling sad or hopeless.
“I think that the foundation of talking to your young people with #mentalhealth, is communication,” Bryant says. “And being open and willing and like I said, listen nonjudgementally to what they have to say. Because it could happen to any child.”
Bryant says she’s glad to see that there are more signs in parking decks and other #suicide-prone places that remind people to call the #NationalSuicideHotline (NSH) if they are feeling suicidal.
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
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the NSH at 1-800-273-TALK.