Anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, burnout, addictions…these are all familiar labels, but what does poor mental health look like? Sometimes it’s blatantly obvious, like someone waving a gun around in a Costco parking lot while naked, or announcing out-of-the-blue their bid to run in a Presidential Election. Sometimes it’s a little more subtle, like they’ve stopped attending the weekly Zoom happy hour, or they take days to return a funny text. Some common examples are:
When left untreated, poor mental health can result in physical health issues, difficulty functioning in day-to-day activities, and/or isolation. But what’s often not talked about is the impact on others. Poor mental health is infectious. Bad-tempered dads pass their anger management issues onto their kids. Insecure men with low self-esteem will develop toxic relationships with co-workers and partners. If someone close to you is suffering from poor mental health, your whole group will be negatively impacted, guaranteed.
Your task, as someone who is looking out for someone else, will be difficult. You risk offending the person you care about, becoming the (gasp) unpopular one, or being harmed. But we believe it’s better to be upfront rather than try to ignore symptoms and hope that things get better on their own. Trust us. They don’t. So what can you do to help?:
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