Remember when we used to describe a person who was quiet and didn’t show much emotion as the strong, silent type? I don’t often hear that phrase anymore to describe a someone, and I’m glad. I mean, how strong is a person who is silent, especially when it comes to their mental health? Isn’t that an oxymoron? For generations, it was seen as a positive trait, to be the strong, silent type. You’re cool, collected and can withstand internalized pain. Movies stars portrayed this imagery very well, often looking cool and sexy in the movies if they were stoic. Continue reading What Happened When I Was The Strong, Silent Type
It still amazes me how we don’t talk more about anger and its relationship to our mental health. I feel that everyone has a responsibility for their own mental health and isn’t just for people who have been diagnosed by their GP’s. Continue reading Anger and Your Mental Health
Tea? Or Coffee? That was this morning’s dilemma after my routine 6 am workout at the gym. I pulled into the local Starbucks on Queen’s street in Port Moody and must have spent nearly 5 minutes out of my morning wrestling in my mind what beverage I wanted to start my work day with. Did I want something lighter and refreshing, like a green tea that’s chock full of antioxidants? Or did I want something with more body and boldness like a good old fashioned cup of Joe?
Tea? Or Coffee?
One of my goals is to reach out and connect with men particularly in ethnic communities. I’d like to break the stereotypes and barriers that ethnic men don’t talk about mental health. Needless to say, I’m proud to share that I am an Asian male openly talking about my struggles with depression, anger and anxiety. Continue reading Angry and Asian: Breaking Mental Health Barriers for Men.
I can’t believe it’s already been 1 entire year since I started this blog and it’s been a wonderful experience sharing my thoughts, reading others’ and learning to be more tech-savvy!
Most importantly however, this blog represents my growing understanding of mental health.
Continue reading Solace Hits 1 Year Promoting Mental Health Awareness
In light of the recent tragedy that shook the world on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, we all must ask ourselves what we can do to prevent such a terrible tragedy from happening again. Continue reading Vegas Shooting – How Men Could be Heroes by Dealing with their Mental Health.
I know guys who turn away from the conversation about feelings and mental health. It makes them twitch and feel uncomfortable. It also makes them defensive and they quickly deflect the conversation. I used to be that guy too. Continue reading Reshaping the Uncomfortable Conversations Around Mental Health.
Some days are rather ordinary and uneventful, yet some days, it feels like I’m making a big splash and a difference to the mental health community. Continue reading Making Waves
I challenge you to suck up the next 60 seconds to quickly glaze through (not even read in full detail!) the 5 Reasons Men Need to Journal! Continue reading 5 Reasons Men Need to Journal
A few weeks ago, my friend asked if I’d like to collaborate with him, and work with men who are looking to reform their lives. I accepted but by mid morning my anxiety about meeting new people started to kick in again. Continue reading When Anxiety meets some Angry Men