#JamesDonaldson On #MentalHealth – Middle #School Principal Dies By #Suicide On Southern California Campus, Officials Say

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Dennis Romero

A California middle #school administrator fatally shot himself on campus Monday, authorities said, adding that no #students witnessed his death.

#Police were called to Kraemer Middle #School in Placentia in Southern California about 9 a.m. and discovered the man in the bathroom, with a firearm nearby, Placentia #Police Capt. Brian Perry said. Officials think the incident happened before any #students were on campus and before most staffers had arrived.

Perry said #students were dismissed early.

#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 Coroner Division of Orange County was investigating the death.

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified #School District Superintendent Jim Elsasser said in a statement sent to #parents that assistant principal Moises Plascencia died in a private staff area.

The district will make #mentalhealthprofessionals available to #students, staffers and members of the #school community, Elsasser said in the statement.

He described Plascencia as a member of the school’s extended family.

“Moises was so much more than a respected assistant principal,” the Elsasser said. “He was a father, husband, brother and friend to so many in our #school district community. His passing, and the manner in which it occurred, has left us devastated, confused and heartbroken.”

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the #NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.

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