Man bikes across the country to raise awareness for mental health

Man bikes across the country to raise awareness for mental health
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After learning his loved one died by suicide, Richard Lima decided to take his bike to the East Coast and ride across the nation raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.“It’s prevalent across the country everywhere I go, small town, big city, it doesn’t matter everybody’s got a tie,” Lima said Saturday morning.Having started his trek in North Carolina on June 4, Lima made it to Folsom on Saturday; saying it was a major goal of his to ride through the greater Sacramento area because his loved one called the Valley home. “I had no idea about mental illness or suicide, until losing a loved one to suicide and doing this ride,” Lima said .Lima, riding for Never Ride Alone, is connecting with local mental health advocates and suicide prevention groups across the country.In Sacramento, Lima connected with JJ’s Hello Foundation, a group started in honor of Joshua Anderson Jr., a 12-year- old lost to suicide in 2016. “Even when your kids are doing fine, open those conversations because that way when they’re not doing good, they know they have a person to go to in you,” said Josh Anderson, JJ’s father. The Anderson family told KCRA 3 they hope to help families start an open dialog for Sacramento-area families. “Everybody says we shouldn’t talk about it because you know we’re going to put it in their head, well I didn’t talk about it, and my son’s not here,” said Michelle Anderson, JJ’s mother.M ichelle explained that during her youth she had a suicide attempt in which she survived, she never told her children, and now she wishes she had.“There were numerous times that I would sit to myself and think well maybe I would be better off if I wasn’t here … I wish I would’ve told him, what I dealt with so then, I’m not saying he would be here if I did, but, it would’ve opened my eyes and made me see what my son was going through,” said Michelle Anderson. The Andersons also explained they steer away from the word ‘commit’ when discussing the act of suicide, because ‘commit’ has a negative connotation. As for Lima, and his journey across the country, he plans to finish his more than 4,000 miles journey on the Santa Monica Pier in the coming weeks. Mental health and suicide prevention resources are available both locally and nationally. National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line 24/7 365 daysCall 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text “Hello” to 741 -741Crisis Chat Learn more hereI’m Alive (Online Crisis Chat) Learn more hereLGBTQ Specific HelplineThe Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386Local Resources in Sacramento CaliforniaSuicide Prevention Hotline (Wellspace) 916-368-3111| READ MORE | Here’s a list of mental health resources in Northern CaliforniaVideo player below: UC Davis Health psychiatrist shares ‘self-monitoring’ mental health tips

After learning his loved one died by suicide, Richard Lima decided to take his bike to the East Coast and ride across the nation raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

“It’s prevalent across the country everywhere I go, small town, big city, it doesn’t matter everybody’s got a tie,” Lima said Saturday morning.

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Having started his trek in North Carolina on June 4, Lima made it to Folsom on Saturday; saying it was a major goal of his to ride through the greater Sacramento area because his loved one called the Valley home.

“I had no idea about mental illness or suicide, until losing a loved one to suicide and doing this ride,” Lima said.

Lima, riding for Never Ride Alone, is connecting with local mental health advocates and suicide prevention groups across the country.

In Sacramento, Lima connected with JJ’s Hello Foundation, a group started in honor of Joshua Anderson Jr., a 12-year-old lost to suicide in 2016.

“Even when your kids are doing fine, open those conversations because that way when they’re not doing good, they know they have a person to go to in you,” said Josh Anderson, JJ’s father.

The Anderson family told KCRA 3 they hope to help families start an open dialog for Sacramento-area families.

“Everybody says we shouldn’t talk about it because you know we’re going to put it in their head, well I didn’t talk about it, and my son’s not here,” said Michelle Anderson, JJ’s mother.

Michelle explained that during her youth she had a suicide attempt in which she survived, she never told her children, and now she wishes she had.

“There were numerous times that I would sit to myself and think well maybe I would be better off if I wasn’t here … I wish I would’ve told him, what I dealt with so then, I’m not saying he would be here if I did, but, it would’ve opened my eyes and made me see what my son was going through,” said Michelle Anderson.

The Anderson’s foundation, JJ’s Hello Foundation, operates on the premise that a simple ‘hello’ to a stranger could save a life. The Andersons also explained they steer away from the word ‘commit’ when discussing the act of suicide, because ‘commit’ has a negative connotation.

As for Lima, and his journey across the country, he plans to finish his more than 4,000 miles journey on the Santa Monica Pier in the coming weeks.

Mental health and suicide prevention resources are available both locally and nationally.

  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line 24/7 365 days
    • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text “Hello” to 741-741
  • I’m Alive (Online Crisis Chat)
  • LGBTQ Specific Helpline
    • The Trevor Project – 1-866-488-7386
  • Local Resources in Sacramento California
    • Suicide Prevention Hotline (Wellspace) 916-368-3111

| READ MORE | Here’s a list of mental health resources in Northern California

Video player below: UC Davis Health psychiatrist shares ‘self-monitoring’ mental health tips


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