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MENTION IT

MENTION IT is all about proactively talking about mental health and looking out for those close to you rather than putting the emphasis on the people struggling to have to speak up. Creating this culture is important as many men don't feel able or comfortable to come forward and tell people about their issues, therefore you may never know they were suffering until it's too late.

If men don't feel comfortable opening up then it is important for us all to understand the subtle signs that could suggest they're struggling so we can step in and help.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

ANTI SOCIAL

Changes in the amount they leave the house and interact with you and/or the group chat.

WORKING LATER

Stress from work meaning they're burning out which is affecting their social life

LIFE CHANGES

Relationship or friendship recently breaking down or job uncertainty or redundancy

SOCIAL MEDIA 

Changes in social media use such as posting more frequently or engaging with unusual content

LOW ENERGY & APPETITE

Not eating as much as usual and become less active and sleep more

SHORT TEMPERED

Becoming more irritable and 'overreacting' to small things

HOW YOU CAN HELP

REACH OUT

The most important thing you can do is reach out and check in. Regular contact means you're more likely to spot the signs and gives them the opportunity to talk.

RELATE

Speaking about things you may be struggling with even if minor as this make create a nature segway from them to open up.

ASK TWICE

We normally gloss over the initial 'How are you?' - asking it twice shows that you're really interested and provokes a more honest answer.

OFFER SUPPORT

Feeling like a burden is a key reason men don't speak up. Confirm that you're happy to help and available anytime to chat.

LISTEN

Listening without judgement is crucial. Putting the focus on them and giving them the time to speak them shows you genuinely care and want to understand.

REFER 

Provide guidance on some of the activities that could help them relieve their symptoms. 

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