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Finding someone you feel comfortable and safe with talking with about your emotional well-being is a key to overcoming stigma.
We as humans model what we see, so to interrupt patterns we want to change, we have to feel safe enough to discuss what we're going through.
Approaching the topic of mental health from a place of empathy and connection is important. Being direct but also kind.
Respect is important to men when conversing. “You can listen without lecturing.”
Respect is key to men feeling comfortable enough to share.
When engaging someone on this topic…………..(1.) Try your best to overcome any fear of engaging, and (2.) think about how you might want to be approached if it were you being approached (maybe even write it down), and (3.) Ask open-ended questions without having the answers in mind before asking.
Stay away from leading or should-ing questions and start with a concern you have and ask what they might need, which help creating a safe environment to continue taking the next steps.
If you truly fear someone taking extreme measures, be specific and pointed when asking them how they are or how you might help.
When discussing mental health, try re-framing it with your physical health. Like when you’re sick you go to the doctor or maybe have an annual check-up, so try approaching your mental health from the same place.
Consider sharing something you may be dealing with yourself when approaching someone else about their emotional well-being. Empathy.
Encouragement is key and we can often talk ourselves out of getting help, so be consistent with kindness to yourself or someone you know who might be dealing with something.