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Fox 2, Team Tootoo partner to raise awareness about suicide prevention, mental illnesses

Spotted this on Twitter at 5 AM: Red Wings forward Jordin Tootoo and the Team Tootoo fund are holding a special night to raise funds for and awareness about suicide prevention and mental illness in at-risk youth and everyone else--on April 22nd (of course), when the Wings host the Phoenix Coyotes--and Tootoo and Fox 2 are partnering up to help get the word out.

Tootoo spoke to Fox 2's Dan Miller about joining the Wings and his charity's message...


And here are the details of their partnership:

FOX 2 has teamed up with Jordin Tootoo of the Detroit Red Wings to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

The cause hits close to home for Jordin, who lost his brother to suicide in 2002.  Jordin wanted to raise awareness about suicide, so he formed the Team Tootoo fund while playing with the Nashville Predators.  Now he plays for the Red Wings, but his commitment to suicide prevention hasn't changed.

Team Tootoo will have regular fundraising events, which will benefit local charities that support suicide awareness and prevention as well as nonprofits that support children and teens in need.

Follow Team Tootoo here: https://twitter.com/TeamTootooFund

Jordin's message is clear and consistent.  We all go through tough times.  It's important to ask for help.

Untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide.  Depression is an illness that can be treated.   Left untreated, depression can be fatal.  Suicide can be prevented, but knowing the warning signs is key.  Signs can be different for men than women.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Michigan Chapter tells us warning signs of suicide include:

Observable signs of serious depression:

  • Unrelenting low mood
  • Pessimism
  • Hopelessness
  • Desperation
  • Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension
  • Withdrawal
  • Sleep problems
  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
  • Making a plan
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm
  • Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications
  • Unexpected rage or anger

Read more here:  http://www.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=0519EC1A-D73A-8D90-7D2E9E2456182D66

If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Team Tootoo Fund has an eBay page that offers bracelets, signed pucks, jerseys and a special event ticket for the Team Tootoo night, as well as the aforementioned Twitter account.

I'm sure we'll find out more about the Team Tootoo night as it approaches, and I know that the foundation's already had volunteers selling wristbands at the Joe several times this season...

And as someone who deals with an anxiety disorder and major depression, I can tell you first-hand that there are times that we all need help, regardless of whether we're feeling "gloomy" or "down" or are facing a major crisis.

The best thing we can do is talk to someone about the way we feel, and there are always people who are willing to listen, including me. I'm no certified mental health care professional, but if you ever need to talk about mental illnesses or anything else, I am available via email, on Twitter and on Facebook.

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