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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Coping With #Stress And Emotions During The #Pandemic

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If you are or someone you know is struggling, call the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline 1-800-273-8255

#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

Author: Lexi Wilson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The #coronavirus outbreak is spreading beyond our physical health. Most #Americans are experiencing a variety of emotions, ranging from #anxiety to sadness.

Many are struggling with finding ways to cope with the increasing #stress.

The State of North Carolina loosening rules around telehealth and have expanded crisis hotlines to get residences the help they need. 

According to the NC #DepartmentofHealthandHumanServices, people are turning to crisis hotlines for help.

The N.C. #SuicidePreventionLifeline gets around 325 calls a day. The Hope 4 NC Helpline sees about 44 callers every day, which officials say there has been an increase in volume calls for this hotline.

“In the hope line, in particular, we will see an uptick just day over day, I think we’ll see a peak six months after this ends”, Kody Kinsley N.C. DepartmentofHealthandHumanServices’ deputy secretary for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities said. 

The Hope 4 NC helpline connects North Carolinian’s to additional #mentalhealthsupport, whatever it may be. In the past, it was used for hurricane recovery efforts, now statewide during the #pandemic. 

“13 hundred people die for #suicide in the state of North Carolina, 13 hundred deaths that are completely preventable” Kody Kinsley N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ deputy secretary for behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities said. 

Relationships strained, workers, overwhelmed, millions struggling to make ends meet, that’s why checking in on your loved ones may be more important now than ever.

“If you think someone might be suicidal, you can not hold back, ask them straight out, are you suicidal, do you have a plan,” #MentalHealthAdvocate, Fonda Bryant said. 

Bryant says there are several warning signs of #suicide. For example, a person not eating or sleeping, or giving away prized possession. 

“People need to check on each other and  don’t assume, you know, they just want attention, they’re just having a bad day, because when you set up and assume, it could cost someone their life,” Bryant said. 

 Bryant is also offering a free #suicideprevention course called QPR training. 

The virtual QPR training is on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., click HERE.

If you need the #suicidepreventionhotline, that number is 1-800-273-8255.

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