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Calling all Pioneers; Help a Friend in Need

This week is mental health week and we know how important it is to spread the word.

Mental Health Awareness Week is upon us which provides an opportunity of raising awareness of mental health issues, encouraging people to talk about those issues and highlighting the support that's available for people.

Men are nearly 3 times as likely to commit suicide than women. There are many stereotypes of both men and women and it’s important to understand the damages that can be caused by these stereotypes and expectations too.

Men can be expected to be the breadwinners and to always be ‘strong’. While these aren’t inherently bad things, they can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up. Some research also suggests that men who can’t speak openly about their emotions may be less able to recognise symptoms of mental health problems in themselves, and less likely to reach out for support. 

Here are some practical tips that you do today to help spot a friend in need and how to help them.

Ask

You might notice that your friend has gone quiet, not answering their phones or shutting themselves away. If you think something might not be right ask them “Hey, is everything okay?” Initiating the conversation and reaching out may take some weight off their shoulders. Don’t forget that someone can put on a brave face and look happy on the outside - so check in with all your mates!

Listen

Once the conversations have started, give them your full attention. Remember you don’t have to solve their problems or give advice, you just need to be a judgement-free ear for them. Follow up questions can help get more off their chest too “That can’t be easy. How long have you felt that way?”

Encourage

Help your mate focus on some simple things that might improve how he feels. Is he eating and sleeping okay? Could he join you in the gym? If he’s felt low for longer than 2 weeks suggest that he chat to his doctor.

Check-In

Remember to check-in. Book in an activity or two that you can both look forward to and drop him a message every now and then. This will show that you’re on his side and you might be able to gauge whether he’s feeling any better. 

Some Tips from our Founder...

Phil has shared his tips for creating a positive morning routine to aid your personal mental health...

1. I put my face in the daylight as soon as possible, just for a few minutes.

2. I drink a glass of water and then have a coffee. 

3. I read for 20 mins, a book or subject that leaves me feeling positive. No ( bad ) news apps. 

4. I shower with Lukewarm water and after washing I change to freezing cold water for one minute, sometimes longer. I control my breathing.

5. I do 45 mins of training/workout most mornings. This releases endorphins and sets me up mentally for the day.

6. I meditate twice a day, most importantly I use a sleep meditation when I go to bed. It really works for me and has improved my sleep quality no end.

7. I make sure I only wear clothes that make me feel good and are very comfortable. 

Mental health can affect how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. If someone is struggling with their mental health then it’s likely they’re struggling with a few or many areas of their life. Be the mate he reaches out. If you need more information check out the help below…

NHS Mental Health

Calm

Mind

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