#JamesDonaldson On #MentalHealth – #Teen #Suicides On The Rise, #MentalHealthCrisis In Our #Schools, Experts Say

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by: Sally Jaramillo

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Another reminder tonight of a hard truth — many #teens have struggled during this #pandemic.

Tonight, a #mentalhealthexpert says we need to remember to keep a close eye on our kids’ well-being.

Some say it’s the price of the #pandemic. The #CDC reports a 48% increase over the past year of emergency room visits for #teens who have attempted #suicide. And unfortunately, some do, sadly, die by #suicide.

#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

The principal of Centennial Hills #HighSchool sent a letter home to #parents Tuesday, indicating a 16-year-old #student at the #school died.

Dr. Sheldon Jacobs, licensed marriage and family therapist said, “I think whenever someone takes their life it’s just very difficult.”

It will be a hard road for students at Centennial #HighSchool.

“When I heard that, I was heartbroken of course. My heart goes out to the family and the peers of that #student,” Jacobs added.

Unfortunately, it’s not an isolated incident.

“Emergency rooms for #suicideattempts in #boys only rose 3.7%, it jumped 51% for #girls,” Lisa Durette, a #child, and #adolescent #psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV said.

“We just have to be alert and aware right now that our kids have been struggling for a couple of years,” Durrette adds.

Durrette says one of the main culprits is #socialmedia.

#Parents should be aware of the #socialmedia accounts kids are following. And watch for signs they may be in trouble.

Durrette says they start to sell their possessions give away their possessions. If you see a #child who is starting to hurt themselves on purpose who’s having withdrawal from friends and peers.

Dr. Sheldon Jacobs reminds #parents to have open conversations with their kids.

“Be in tune with your kids make sure you are listening to them,” Sheldon adds.

We’ve been working on an entire series of how to help your #children — just click on the “Cyber Safe #Parents” tab of our website.

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