Men’s mental health was something I was never really aware of growing up. I just thought that all men knew exactly what they were doing all along and were just totally unaffected by anything that came their way. I wanted to be one of those men.
For me, that meant showing no emotion at all. I was always the guy who let nothing phase me, moved relentlessly toward goals I set for myself, and was always there for other people. That’s what people thought, but inside I was a mess. I didn’t talk about it because I didn’t know how. I didn’t want to bother anyone else, and I was too used to masking my own emotions and feelings.