GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Many people are calling for a discussion about mental health, depression and suicide prevention. Doctors say it’s not uncommon to miss the signs of mental illness.
“The life in his eyes and talking about exciting things he wanted to do here with kids,” Mayor Allan Thomas said.
Mayor Thomas is still thinking about Dave Mirra’s death. He caught up with Mirra a few hours before police say he killed himself in his truck. Mayor Thomas took to his Facebook saying he wished he could have caught the warning signs.
“We can’t read anyone’s minds and you can’t predict the future,” said Dr. Jonnalagadda
Psychiatrist Dr. Venkata Jonnalagadda says it’s not uncommon to miss the signs leading to suicide. It’s the 10-th leading cause of death in the United States and men are nearly four times more likely to take their own lives.
“No one chooses to be depressed. No one chooses to have anxiety.”
Dr. Jonnalagadda says anything can cause depression or anxiety. “It can be dramatic changes in their life like finances, physical and chronic illnesses and changes in relationships. The risk factors are a lot.”
If you feel sad or anxious make sure you talk to someone, and it doesn’t have to be a doctor.
“Talk to a friend that you trust a councilor that you know a college or a pastor,” Jonnalagadda said.
Like thousands of others, Mayor Thomas now mourns the loss of a friend and community leader.
“The main thing is what he stands for is not going anywhere. He’s someone who will drive things here and across this community,” Thomas said.
Dr. J says if you need help don’t be afraid to call the national hotline.