Think your life is chaotic? Learn lessons from a men’s mental health advocate

Think your life is chaotic? Learn lessons from a men’s mental health advocate

By Alex Melia

*Content warning: This episode contains graphic details of suicide*

George had been struggling with anxiety and depression for a while and he was beginning to lose hope that he would ever feel better again. He was living with his parents and had sworn both of them to secrecy about his current state of mind. But one evening his secret was revealed.

George’s parents had been out with friends and one of the friends had asked how George was doing. In response, she’d tearfully broken down and talked about how concerned she was about her son. Quite unexpectedly, her male friend offered to talk to him.

But how would George react to his secret being revealed? And how could talking to his mother’s friend be in any way beneficial?

Alex Melia, and the Stories of Men team are on a mission to uncover what it means to live an independent and meaningful life. We'll be sharing this knowledge with you every week.

We’d like to extend our appreciation to today’s guest, George. His reflective and open discussion of his own psychological challenges and vulnerability shows great bravery and is deeply appreciated. It also provides a vital part of the puzzle as we try to piece together what it means to be a man in today’s world.

Suicide support: The Samaritans hotline 116 123


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