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#JamesDonaldson on #MentalHealth – #SeptemberIsSuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth


Suicidal thoughts, much like #mentalhealthconditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, #suicide is often the result of an untreated #mentalhealthcondition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

#SeptemberisSuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by #suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss #suicideprevention and to seek help.

Throughout the month of September, #NAMI will highlight “Together for #MentalHealth,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better #mentalhealthcare, including a crisis response system. #NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or #behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.

Informational Resources

Crisis Resources

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the #NationalSuicideHotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Awareness Resources

During #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth, we will provide images and graphics you can use on your website and #socialmedia accounts. Use #Suicide Prevention or #Together4MH

While #suicideprevention is important to address year-round, #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about #mentalhealthconditions and #suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.

#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

Fast Facts

These are only a few of the reasons why it’s important to take part in promoting #SuicidePreventionAwarenessMonth. Please use these facts and others, including the “It’s Okay to Talk About #Suicide” infographics on our website, to encourage discussions with your community through #socialmedia or other forms of outreach.

Individual Impact:

  • 78% of all people who die by #suicide are #male.
  • Although more #women than #men attempt #suicide, #men are nearly 4x more likely to die by #suicide.
  • #Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.
  • The overall #suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.
  • 46% of people who die by #suicide had a diagnosed #mentalhealthcondition.
  • While nearly half of individuals who die by #suicide have a diagnosed #mentalhealthcondition, research shows that 90% experienced symptoms.

Community Impact:

  • Annual prevalence of serious thoughts of #suicide, by U.S. demographic group:
    • 4.8% of all adults
    • 11.8% of young #adults aged 18-25
    • 18.8% of high school #students
    • 46.8% of #lesbian, #gay and #bisexual high school #students
  • Some of the highest rates of #suicide in the #U.S. are among #AmericanIndian/Alaska Native and non-#Hispanic white communities.
  • #Lesbian, #gay and #bisexual #youth are 4x more likely to attempt #suicide than straight #youth.
  • #Transgender #adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt #suicide than the general population.
  • #Suicide is the leading cause of death for people held in local jails.

Data from CDC, NIMH and other select sources.


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