When a friend or loved one confides in you about their mental health, it can be difficult to respond appropriately. It's not uncommon to freeze--maybe hem and haw or awkwardly pat a shoulder before changing the subject to the Lions. If you take a moment and think about it, though, what an amazing opportunity you now have to deepen a relationship and affirm your love for a struggling soul!
Depression doesn't have to be a conversation-killer. With these six important principles, you can ensure that a heavy conversation will lighten the mental and emotional burden of a friend.
If, like me, you're in a funk, or perhaps in preparation of one, let's join together and challenge ourselves in these 7 ways. They are activities that have helped me in the past, but, Lord knows, I need a reminder of their benefits.
When life gets hard, or when you're confronted with shame, or when you need to get something off your chest, or when you're seeking advice or a shoulder to cry on, do you have a friend to call? Depression and loneliness often go hand in hand. And, let's be real, a lot of men are lonely.
Why are we Westerners so quick to pull the trigger on the gay-dar? Is our toxic homophobia robbing us of beneficial brotherly affection and healthy male intimacy? What are we missing out on as hopelessly independent macho men?
Presenting the top five blog posts of January!
I have over 2,000 Facebook friends, yet when I’m home alone on a Sunday night, my most trustworthy companions are a Moscow Mule and two Paradigm speakers crooning Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” It’s never been easier to be so connected and still so lonely.
“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. I probably tell my buddies I love them so often it gets weird. But, at least they know. Guys aren't always great at…
three questions. one of you. Periodically, I will be asking a friend three questions about his or her experience with mental illness. This person might be a guy who deals with mental illness or someone (like my wife) who is a supporter. Over time, the 31U series will show how men of all sorts, with…
It’s certainly easier to have these tough conversations behind a computer screen. I’ve been called brave for sharing my story through Dadding Depressed, but I don’t feel brave. If I can’t use this project to inspire (even in myself) face-to-face conversation about men with mental illness, then what is this blog even for?