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.

Friday, 10th May 2019, 10:35 am
The YEP reader panellists

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"
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.

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Always good to talk to someone, anyone can hear you, the secret is finding a good listener.
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.
As someone who talks openly online about her own issues, I think a lot of men struggle more so due to stigma and external pressures. It really is ok not to be ok and it's a sign of strength to seek help.
Normalising reaching out for mental health support is so important when it comes to getting help, especially when it comes to men. Health centres should advertise mental health wellbeing sessions for everyone.
As a keen MH supporter and survivor, its essential you talk. Male MH been helped by famous men owning up to not feeling ok. MHFA promotion throughout work places helps highlight mental health can affect anyone.