Don’t Drive Like My Brother!

Sound familiar? “Car Talk” is the popular long-running radio show hosted by two brothers who dispense colorful advice to callers to help them solve their car problems. 

Wouldn’t it be great to have a similar show where men – and those who care about them – could call in every Sunday morning to ask how to tune up their mental health, to keep their emotions from overheating, or their mind running smoothly?

Traditionally, men are raised to be self-sufficient, tough, and to protect their families and property. But what happens when the strong protector needs help? Fear of appearing weak or vulnerable, being unable to meet responsibilities or serve the role they expect of themselves can lead men to feel that they are a burden and that those around them might be better off if they ended their life. Men are less likely than women to reach out to mental health professionals or even to talk about their problems with doctors, family members, and friends.

To compound this, the signs of suicide among men are easily misinterpreted. Their despair may be concealed by stoicism, recklessness, drug or alcohol abuse, excessive working, isolation, irritability, anger, or resentment. These behaviors can further isolate men from those closest to them, pushing away the very people who would be in the best position to help.

So, don’t drive like my brother! Help the men in your life take care of their mental health the way they take care of their most prized vehicle: with special attention to what’s under the hood.

How can you help?

Know the Signs. Learn when and how to help someone you are concerned about. Visit www.SuicideIsPreventable.org to learn the warning signs and how to have a conversation with someone you’re concerned about, and find resources in your area.