Mental Health News Round-Up: August 21

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Michael Sam Leaves Pro Football, Cites Mental Health Concerns

Openly gay football pioneer Michael Sam is taking a break pro football to take care of his mental health. This is an important step for athletes to break down stigma and realize the importance of taking care of both physical and mental health equally.

Gun Laws Associated With Lower Suicide Rates

Decreasing access to lethal means prevents suicide according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. The four laws specifically investigated were waiting periods, background checks for purchase or licensing, hand gun locks, and restrictions on the open carrying.

If you are struggling, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line by texting “Start” to 741-741.

Want a Safer, More Prosperous World? Invest in Mental Health

Mental health is not just a problem in high income countries like the United states; mental health disorders also affect low to middle income countries and are the leading cause of disability which impacts the global economy. This blog advocates for the United Nation to prioritize global mental health in their sustainable development goals that will set the agenda for global policy and funding.

Why Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford to Neglect their Mental Health

When a tech company does not skyrocket to success, the passionate entrepreneur may become depressed because of the swing of emotions and the major focus on the success of Silicon Valley. Some entrepreneurs sharing their stories of mental health disorders publicly in places like FailCon in order that others will also realize they are not the only ones struggling.