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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – How To Recognize Warning Signs Of #Suicide

By WCAX News Team

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – How do you recognize when someone may be thinking of self-harm or #suicide? It’s a question we’re asking during #suicidepreventionmonth.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, only a third of people who died by #suicide in Vermont reported a history of #mentalhealthtreatment. Because most people who take their own lives are not seen by #mentalhealthagencies, it’s up to the people who know them to recognize when something is wrong.

#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

Cat Viglienzoni spoke with Karen Kurrle, director of intensive care services at Washington County #MentalHealthServices and Katie Aiken, with United Counseling Services.

TO FIND HELP:

VERMONT CARE PARTNERS INTAKE & CRISIS LINES: https://vermontcarepartners.org/intake-and-crisis-lines/

HOTLINES & SCREENING TOOLS:

-#SuicidePreventionLifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) — www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

-VT Crisis Text Line: Text “VT” to 741741

Text VT to 741741 – Crisis Text Line is FREE – 24/7 support.

You get an automated text response first, and then a response from a trained crisis counselor. They work with you until you are cool and calm and have a positive plan for next steps.

-The Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org

Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386 www.TrevorSpace.org Trevor Chat: 202-304-1200 Trevor Text: Text the word “Trevor”

Providing crisis intervention and #suicidepreventionservices to #lesbian, #gay, #bisexual, #transgender, and questioning #youth.

-Vermont Statewide #DomesticViolence Hotline – 800-228-7395

-Vermont Statewide Sexual Violence Hotline – 800-489-7273

VTHelplink.org: 802-565-LINK

Connects people to the drug and alcohol support services they need.

-Trans Lifeline: www.translifeline.org 877-565-8860

-#Veterans Crisis Line: www.veteranscrisisline.net 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and PRESS 1

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