Content warning: This story discusses suicide, self-harm, drug use, abuse, and death. If you are in crisis and need help, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1(800) 273–8255 or text HOME to 741–741.

Suicide is one of those things no one ever wants to talk about — but that’s exactly why we need to.

As a young Latino man, I heard all my life that I need to “suck it up” and “be a man” no matter how hard or traumatic things get. When I was young, I was sexually abused at the hand of a relative. At the age of five, I watched my dad die in front of me. At the age of 12, I was jumped into a gang and began selling and using drugs.

By Alex Dinkel, Mental Health for US

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It’s summertime during an election year, which can only mean one thing — it’s presidential nominating convention season!

If you’re anything like me, you’re waiting with bated breath for the start of the 2020 conventions. If not, you may be asking yourself, “What the heck is a presidential nominating convention?”

Well, I’m so glad you asked. Over the last six months, voters across the country have been participating in a series of primary and caucus elections, casting their vote for who they’d like to be their party’s nominee for president. …

May is Mental Health Month — 31 days dedicated to raising awareness for, and breaking down stigma against, the tens of millions of Americans who will experience a mental health or substance use disorder each year.

Throughout the month, we have shared information about how policymakers can improve America’s mental health and addiction care systems by investing in prevention, prioritizing access to affordable treatments, and by strengthening recovery services and supports. While these reforms are urgent, history has proven that policymakers are unlikely to give them the attention they deserve.

If we truly believe it’s time for Mental Health for US, then we need to make sure the mental health and addiction community is engaged and makes our voices heard in upcoming elections. …

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