JOHN DAY: Mental health advocate addresses suicide

JOHN DAY: Mental health advocate addresses suicide

Suicide rates as of late are on the rise. According to Thad Labhart with Community Counseling Solutions in Grant County, the local rates should be of serious concern to all residents:

“It’s important to highlight that Grant County rates are much higher than the state average, and the state average is much higher than the national average—something we definitely need to pay attention to.”

Kevin Hines is a man who attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Kevin survived and is now a world-renowned suicide prevention and mental health advocate. He was recently on KJDY’s Coffee Time, and says talking is the best thing you can do:

“Understand that it’s never good to silence your pain. I don’t care if you’re the toughest person in every room, when you hear this message I want you to tell the truth about your pain to someone who loves you—someone who empathizes with your pain, someone who can be understanding.

If you don’t have that person in your family; if you have a broken family—go to a clergy. Go to a community member or someone you know who has a good, giant heart, and tell the truth about your pain. A pain shared is a pain halved, and we want to keep you here.”

Kevin Hines will be giving a free presentation at the Grant County Fairgrounds Pavilion on October 18th at 6:30pm. The Coffee Time episode will air exclusively on KJDY this Friday, October 11th at 8:30 a.m.