I think that we often underestimate the impact we can have on the people around us.
Clearly mental illness effects both men and women. However, men are less likely to seek help.
This was one of the motivating factors for me to begin the process of writing a book by men for men.
This book features countless stories of Saskatchewan men who are proud to put a voice and face to various issues of mental wellness.
I want to share one of these stories with you.
Tyson Williams picked a specific day to die by suicide.
On that day, his television turned to TSN and he watched Michael Landsberg interview Stephane Richer. The topic of mental health and depression surfaced, and Tyson was intrigued.
Tyson sent a message to Michael indicating that this show was going to help a lot of men. However, he stated that sadly it was too late for himself.
To Tyson’s surprise, Michael replied a few minutes later asking why it was too late.
After a few exchanges Michael encouraged Tyson to reach out for help.
Rather than writing more about this exchange, I would encourage you to click on the image below, and listen to Tyson’s interview with CBC.
Not only does it serve as a powerful reminder to reach out to people in need, but like Tyson, it reminds us to use our own voice when we are in pain.