There has never been a better time to seek – and be accepted for – help with your mental wellbeing.
I recently reminded a friend that while you can get better, the first step must be yours. If you are suffering from poor mental health, it might feel like the hardest step to take but it can lead to easier and better steps too.
Some of the ways I found to tackle this challenge include:
- Talking to someone you trust, a close friend or family member, maybe even your doctor (my sister was the first person I could open up to).
- Considering why you find it uncomfortable asking for help and whether those reasons are stopping you from getting the support you need.
- Reading more about mental health and the varied guidance and advice that is easily accessible.
- Finding a support group, many around the country are free and open to anyone (James’ Place is a helpful service in the Merseyside area).
- Consider what are your weapons in this fight (i.e., the ways you combat poor mental health) – it could be anything from regular exercise to spending time with friends (for me, creative writing helps to lift me during the darker days).
- Finding stories and case studies that will help you understand what other men have been through.
- Getting involved in the great campaigns and activities that raise awareness of mental health.
I have spoken about this subject to men of all ages, different backgrounds and with a variety of mental health concerns. It is encouraging to see more men talking about mental health and this trend needs to continue.
Adapted from an article by Lee Cambule www.mind.org.uk
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