The YEP reader panellists

Message for Leeds men: 'It's a sign of strength to seek help'

Leeds residents are encouraging more men to talk about their mental health problems in this week's Yorkshire Evening Post panel.

Chiming with the YEP's "It's OK not to be OK" awareness and our #speakyourmind campaign we asked panellists how we can better support and encourage men to reach out for help. Read more: The Leeds cafe supporting people in mental health crises

In mens health it appears role models have an important role to play. Many prominent men from all walks of life must step up to the plate"

1. Dennis Appleyard

In mens health it appears role models have an important role to play. Many prominent men from all walks of life must step up to the plate"
Dennis Appleyard
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I am irritated by the fallacy that all men are reticent about their feelings. I consider myself emotionally intelligent and comfortable expressing my feelings. Personally I find two things to be true: a problem shared is a problem halved; and you should never go to sleep on an argument.

2. James Lee

I am irritated by the fallacy that all men are reticent about their feelings. I consider myself emotionally intelligent and comfortable expressing my feelings. Personally I find two things to be true: a problem shared is a problem halved; and you should never go to sleep on an argument.
James Lee
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Always good to talk to someone, anyone can hear you, the secret is finding a good listener.

3. Jim Kirk

Always good to talk to someone, anyone can hear you, the secret is finding a good listener.
Jim Kirk
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Women need to make sure we are mens allies in order to take away the societal pressures on them to be masculine. Let the men in your life feel emotion without shame, even if its just about a sad film or book.

4. Natasha Meek

Women need to make sure we are mens allies in order to take away the societal pressures on them to be masculine. Let the men in your life feel emotion without shame, even if its just about a sad film or book.
Natasha Meek
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