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5 THINGS: Ways to support men's mental health

Muskogee Phoenix - 6/15/2024

Jun. 15—June is Men's Health Awareness month. Operation Red Wings Foundation provides five ways to remove the stigma around men's mental health.

1 Normalize therapy.

"Normalize therapy by talking about your experience with it (and, of course, visiting a therapist yourself). Talk to your male friends and coworkers about the benefits of therapy and consider recommending it to men who are struggling."

2 Show clear and obvious support.

"If a man in your life is struggling, and it's not being received well by other men, be the first person to show support. You don't have to wait until you're in a private conversation."

3 Encourage men in your life to open up.

"When a man in your life, especially a Veteran or a first responder, is upset about something, don't brush them off. Ask him about it. He may not be open to a conversation right away, but this will let him know that someone is taking interest in his thoughts."

4 Support groups.

"You could also consider support groups for men who are struggling during or after their difficult careers. Support groups may seem more accessible."

5 Talking about men's mental health is important.

"We need to stop the stigma against talking about mental health for men if we want a healthy and open society. Men experience trauma, distress, and even serious mental health conditions. Therapy is for everyone who needs it regardless of their gender."

Gina Foster

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