In my short lifetime, I have lost numerous male friends (and now family) who have battled depression and lost. Personally, I have tackled it periodically as well. It’s not easy to talk about mental health. Although discussing depression and mental health issues is getting better over the years. The acknowledgment of these issues is helping.
But there’s a long way to go in getting help to those who need it. Discovering ways to cope and overcome feelings of loss, helplessness and fear is needed. There’s no magical cure. Not every sign or symptom is obvious. The only thing I can advise is to pay attention to those who struggle. Offer an ear, send out a message, be available even if for just a brief moment, say a kind word.
That last one is what I pride myself on. Showing kindness. Sharing positive energy. For my own mental health, I do my best to keep a mindful eye on my feelings and not letting the negative ones take control.
Losing family and friends is tough. We all have struggles. Just know that you are not alone. We are all in this together.
If you need someone to talk to, I’m here for all of you.