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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Your Guide To #MentalHealth Resources

Holly Engelman

Recognize the warning signs of a person who may be suicidal and find ways to help.

For months, the #coronavirus #pandemic has been difficult — for those who are sick, for families of victims and for those at a higher risk of becoming infected. It’s been stressful for hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their jobs, for first responders and for so many others.

In addition to the ongoing #pandemic, the recent killing of #GeorgeFloyd, a black man who died in police custody Monday in Minnesota after a white officer pinned him to the ground, has spurred protests nationwide and impassioned discussions about #racism in #America.

Today, so many people are struggling during uncertain times.

#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

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are some #mentalhealthresources in our area that can help: 

Help for people in crisis 

Resources

#Suicide warning signs

  • Feelings of being a burden, entrapment, unbearable pain
  • Increased #anxiety
  • Isolation
  • Increased substance abuse
  • Looking for access to lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressions of hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for #suicide

How to help someone who is struggling

  • Ask how they’re feeling (don’t be afraid to use the word “#suicide”)
  • Find out how to keep them safe
  • Be there for the person
  • Help them connect with resources
  • Follow up, even when they seem to be happy

SOURCE: U.S. #CentersforDiseaseControl and Preventionhttps:

Domestic violence

Resources

  • Call Crossroads Safehouse’s 24/7 helplines, which are staffed by trained advocates: 970-482-3502 or 888-541-7233 (toll free).
  • Call Alternatives to Violence at 970-880-1000.

Warning signs

Domestic violence is a pattern of abuse that can include physical, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial elements where the abuser’s conscious or unconscious goal is to gain or maintain control. There are not always physical signs of abuse.

Girls and young women ages 16-24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.

Early warning signs of an abusive partner include: Get the NoCo Asks newsletter in your inbox.

  • Controlling behavior
  • Guilt trips
  • Threats
  • Intimidation
  • #Isolation 
  • Jealousy
  • Name-calling
  • Manipulation
  • Explosive temper
  • Mood swings
  • Checking your cellphone or email without permission

#COVID-19 and emotional support

Resources

  • Connections, a 24/7 non-crisis (“warm line”) emotional support line for #COVID-19 in Larimer County, 970-221-5551. The line is a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners. Local behavioral health providers are available to answer questions, offer support, refer to local resources, and set up short-term counseling by telehealth. There’s no cost for #COVID-19–related services. Connections also provides these same services for people with other behavioral health needs.

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