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
- Michael Clements
(KMAland) — Farming is a high-#stress occupation, and that’s without a global #pandemic. And unfortunately, those stresses too often lead to thoughts of #suicide for agriculture workers and their employers.
A recently announced $7 million Farm and Ranch #Stress Assistance Network grant from the USDA will expand the farmer #suicideprevention work done by #WashingtonStateUniversity Extension to 13 western states and four U.S. territories.
Don McMoran, with the #WSU Extension leads the program, and notes the current numbers are unreal.
“One in five people are going to suffer from some sort of a #mentalhealth breakdown, if you will, so it’s really important for us within the local community to be able to realize those things are going to happen and then be able to break down the #stigmas associated with them and get some folks some help.”
McMoran and Extension got involved with a pilot program in 2019. He said seeking assistance on the farm make sense, so why not when it comes to #stress or #mentalhealthissues.
“If you have a cow that’s pregnant and it’s going to calf, and that cow is having difficulties, you’re going to do everything in your power as a #farmer, as a rancher, to be able to help that animal out, but at some point in time you’re going to get to a point where maybe your expertise runs out and you need to call an expert. And I think #mentalhealth is no different. We have to realize that at some point we’re past our ability to help ourselves and it’s OK to pick up the phone, to go see a counselor and get some additional help.”