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Introduction to Encourage Action

Encourage them to focus on simple things that could improve how they feel.

Encourage men to take action when needed. This goes for taking care of their physical health as well as mental health.

Eat well and stay active

Taking care of our bodies is key to being well. When we don’t treat our physical health as a priority, it can affect all areas of our lives, especially our mood and mental health. Encouraging or helping someone to take better care of themselves can steer them towards improved wellbeing.

You could suggest:

  • Going for a scenic walk or run

  • Fun and quick exercises (including online options)

  • Getting good-quality sleep and more of it

  • Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water

  • Reducing alcohol and drug use

Let him know he doesn’t have to go it alone, that you’re there for them and more than happy to do a workout or go for a walk together.

If these suggestions don’t interest him, encourage problem-solving (trying something else). Remember - no one solution works for everyone, but making some serious attempts at change can help a guy learn what works for him.

Get help when needed

“Help” doesn’t have to be a dirty word. We all need a hand from time to time. In these tough times, it’s important to be there for each other.

But remember, as much as you want to lift up someone else, don’t put this all on your shoulders. Now’s the time to call out that wider network of support, including:

  • Family and friends

  • Psychologists or therapists

  • Your doctor

If face to face isn’t his thing, there are other options:

  • Help lines—you can usually text, email or use online chat to reach trained professionals

  • Websites (particularly for socially isolated men or men who don’t feel comfortable talking on the phone)

Need help for yourself?
You can’t fully help someone else, or yourself, if you’re running on empty. Take the same advice above and practice some self-care. If you start feeling like you need more support, reach out.

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