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Did you know that every year over 6 million men suffer from depression? And that in 2020, there were 1.2 million suicide attempts. With an age of onset between 16 to 25 years old, men suffering from mental illnesses are also less likely to receive treatment or diagnosis.

Maybe it's the constant weight of financial pressures. Maybe it's the taxing pursuit of success, or the heavy expectation to lead a significant other, family, or work team, manhood can surely be a heavy burden to carry.  To make matters worse, speaking about hardships and struggles, for most men is a sign of weakness, with constant societal pressure to “man up” or “tough it out.”

But there's plenty of hope, and we've compiled 5 practical ways, that we men can take charge of our mental health and begin developing a better quality of life.

1. Be Present 🧘🏾‍♂️ – Take a moment to disconnect from screens and social media, to appreciate the world around you. Yes, this includes video games, sports, and Netflix. Connecting with places and people around you, joining local groups and initiatives, develops a deeper sense of community and belonging to the world. 

2. Healthy Conversations ☎️ – Having the ability to be open with personal issues, and talking to a friend or family member you trust is important. Don’t hesitate to rely on virtual conversations if that special someone isn’t exactly in proximity. Normalize speaking to friends and family you trust, about hardships and struggles you may be facing.

3. Stay Active🏃🏿‍♂️ – Research shows that exercising daily for at least 30 minutes a day, boost endorphins and increases the quality of mood significantly. For men, exercise also offers a tremendous boost in confidence, and the motivation to consistently tackle difficult challenges. From running, walking, cycling or developing a home workout routine, find a way to incorporate movement in your day.
4. Discover Newness🧗🏼‍♂️  Learn something new. Read on topics of interest, develop new skills, try out new things & activities. Remind yourself that you also are human, and that it’s ok to NOT spend every waking hour worrying about making ends meet. Unplug from escapist habits like TV time, and trade them for face-to-face activities that actually bring you joy. Life is truly about the little things.

5. Seek Professional Help 📞 – It’s ok to not have all the answers. If you are feeling constantly depressed, and unable to cope with the stress you’re facing, seek professional help and speak to a counselor or therapist. Your mental health and wellness is critical to living the life you deserve, and it’s important to remember… that you are not alone.


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