DEAR DEIDRE: I WROTE to you after I’d been on a 300ft cliff, thinking: “One step and it’s all over.”
I am a man of 46 and happily married – but I slowly lost my way. Every morning I’d wake up and think only about ending how I felt.
The next day you emailed me back and I confided that I’d lost my mum and my brother to cancer over the last year, and my wife has serious health problems.
You wrote me a long and sympathetic email explaining support for bereavement and depression, and for my wife’s problems. As you suggested, I then talked to my doctor who gave me medication and advice, and shared how I felt with friends and family.
I was raised in a generation in which men don’t talk about how they feel but when you sink as low as I did, I know now it is time to talk.
DEIDRE SAYS: I am so glad you turned a corner and now understand that it is very OK for men to talk about their feelings.
A big help driving this movement has been CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably, who help people get support before they reach crisis point.
See thecalmzone.net, 0800 585858.
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