Being depressed is nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes the greatest courage a man can show is to admit he needs help. Talking about problems is a sign of strength, not of weakness.
After losing my legs in my suicide attempt in 2013, the only thing that gave me the hope and power to move forward was the love and support of my friends, family and practitioners like my psychiatrist, psychologist and physiotherapist. I spent six hours in the gym every day with Lauren, my physio, who became my constant cheerleader and best friend during that time.
Depression robs you of your self-confidence and self-esteem. It makes you feel like an inadequate failure. Being open about our struggles and feelings enabled my loved ones and I to take back our power and build each other up with encouragement. Now I am proud to be a Man of More Words and part of Movember South Africa’s campaign.
Three out of every four suicides are men. Encourage every man in your life to become a Man of More Words.
Whoever you are, you’re not alone. There are people who care. Talk to someone.