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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – #SuicidePrevention Month, The Importance Of #MentalHealth

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– #Septemberissuicidepreventionmonth and according to the #WorldHealthOrganization, 800,000 people die by #suicide every year.

This month is to highlight the importance of taking care of your #mentalhealth and not being afraid to seek help if you need it.

“If I could talk to myself four years ago when I was struggling with #depression and suicidal thoughts, I would just tell myself that it’s okay, it’s going to get better and just to keep fighting,” said Vicky Mennare.

Mennare says she got involved in #suicideprevention when she lost her dad to #suicide back in 2010.

She had her own battles with #depression and suicidal thoughts, but now is part of the Michigan chapter of the #AmericanFoundationforSuicidePrevention and even started her own design businesses based on #mentalhealthawareness.

“My hope with that art is to help other people share their stories and bring people hope to keep fighting and to stay,” said Mennare.

#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

Corbin Standley from the #AmericanFoundationforSuicidePrevention Michigan Chapter, says one positive that’s come out of this #pandemic, is that #mentalhealth is being talked about more.

“Really our whole goal is evaluate #mentalhealth to the same importance as physical health,” said Corbin Standley.

Standley says it’s important to also know some of the warning signs.

“Those are talk, mood, and behavior, so really what you’re looking for is anything that is sort of deviates from the norm of that particular person,” said Standley.

It’s usually not just one thing or event either.

“It’s always sort of this conglomeration of multiple factors so #mentalhealth is certainly a big piece of the puzzle but also things such as economic #stress, relationship #stress, #financial #stress, job #stress,” said Standley.

Mennare and Standley say even with there still a #stigma around asking for help, it’s vital to reach out.

“It’s okay to not be okay, it’s okay to reach out to help and it’s okay to reach out to someone if you’re worried about them,” said Mennare.

“We all have #mentalhealth and so #mentalhealth isn’t something that’s should always be thought of as negative sort of this #mentalillness frame, you know we all have #mentalhealth,” said Standley.

The #AmericanFoundationforSuicidePrevention Michigan Chapter is holding a fundraiser on September 26th.

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