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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – Breaking #Stigma Around #MentalIllness With #PAWS For Prevention

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#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

By Diamond Nunnally

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – The #AmericanFoundationforSuicidePrevention Nebraska Chapter gathered all dog parents to raise awareness on #mentalhealth.

They hosted their #PawsforPrevention event on Saturday at Hall County Park to help break the #stigma around #mentalhealth and to promote how these furry friends can be comforting during tough times.

“#Animals are a very important part of #mentalhealth,” #Paws for Prevention Coordinator Sandy Manfull said. “They have known to lower stress help with #anxiety, #depression, just you know, you have to take them for walks, they’re there for you. So many people will say because of my dog, it’s just made my day.”

Many people who struggle with #mentalillness may feel shame for getting help because so many people around them still don’t want to recognize the severity of the issue.

“They don’t believe it’s real, they don’t believe,” Manfull said. “It’s just that we can turn that off and it’s not that way, you know #mentalillness is real, we might not be able to see it but we can’t see heart disease, we can’t see high blood pressure, it’s just as real.”

Manfull hopes as they bring this issue to the forefront through events and spreading the word, it will encourage people to talk about it.

unrecognizable person holding dog paw on grassy meadow
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