This just goes to show the incredible power of social media...
It's common knowledge that mental health isn't spoken about enough...
via: GettyEspecially when it comes to men.
Men suffer just as much with their mental health as women do.
via: GettyAccording to a poll of 21,000 American men by researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), nearly one in 10 men reported experiencing some form of depression or anxiety, but less than half sought treatment.
And even sadder so...
via: GettyMen are known to die by suicide 3.5x more often than women.
This is utterly devastating to hear...
via: GettyAnd mental health simply isn't a case of "manning up."
The stigma surrounding men's mental health needs to be lifted...
via: GettyAnd one remarkable man from the U.K. is working tirelessly to try and do this.
This is Edmund O'Leary...
via: FacebookHe has sadly been unemployed for over a year now, after previously holding a former position as a mental health worker, and the fifty-one-year-old dad issued a heartbreaking tweet last week saying that he "isn't okay."
He lives alone...
via: FacebookAnd his twin sons have now moved out for college, meaning he doesn't get to see them a lot - especially during the pandemic.
Edmund asked his followers to say hello if they had the time to make him feel better...
via: FacebookBut the response he got was staggering.
More than 300,000 people liked the tweet...
And Edmund received more than 100,000 direct comments from kind-hearted strangers checking in on him.
@emerald1910 Hi Edmund! I hope you’re feeling better. Here’s a little something from our gang on a Sat morning to h… https://t.co/zHEVr5VmdY— Angela Peters (@Angela Peters)1603006298.0
@emerald1910 Good morning, Edmund. Please seek the help you need from your doctor. Here are some pics of my dog… https://t.co/OEz28xn6lc— Bee Middlemast-Neal #GTTO #FBPE #BLM #Antifa #3.5% (@Bee Middlemast-Neal #GTTO #FBPE #BLM #Antifa #3.5%)1602932138.0
@emerald1910 Hello Edmund! We don’t know each other, but I know that so so so many people are feeling heavy right n… https://t.co/p0hqQrwBEd— Sophia Bush (@Sophia Bush)1602898695.0
@emerald1910 Hi Edmund! When I’m feeling low I tell myself that the voices in my head are NOT me. Here’s a picture… https://t.co/Rbj35Cus9J— Patti Murin (@Patti Murin)1602939731.0
@emerald1910 Hi Edmund, this poem by @DanushaLameris has been cheering me up lately. I hope it helps you as well https://t.co/o5MJDY3jhl— Lorena O'Neil (@Lorena O'Neil)1602942659.0
@emerald1910 Hey Edmund! Your a brave lad putting your feelings out there! Your courage has given a lot of people p… https://t.co/Nj3dO7ll56— Etienne McD (@Etienne McD)1602892001.0
@emerald1910 hello Edmund 💛 I hope today was a better day. You’ve gotten through the hardest days of your life thus… https://t.co/2gSkM6uE1c— Sarah Jeffery (@Sarah Jeffery)1602987464.0
@emerald1910 Hi Edmund. You are enough. There is nothing to prove. You are enough. And we - your friends - value yo… https://t.co/Yunmd7rvAv— Owen McNeir (@Owen McNeir)1603038104.0
@emerald1910 Hi Edmund. It's OK to not feel OK. Judging from your tweet, it seems to me that you're a brave, fine a… https://t.co/vm2AdmHAiM— Spike Gerrell (@Spike Gerrell)1602941189.0
Edmund was overwhelmed with the floods of kind messages...
And there's no doubt how his message sparked a conversation about men's mental health that was seriously needed.
The response to my tweet posted on Friday 16th October 2020 has been phenomenal. An outpouring of love and support… https://t.co/PgxmzFn3gS— Edmund O'Leary (@Edmund O'Leary)1602973025.0
After his story went viral, Edmund appeared on British breakfast show This Morning to talk about the stigma surrounding men's mental health.
He simply couldn't believe the response he got.
Presenter Eamonn Holmes then said, "You aren't alone."
This Morning decided to hold a phone in for viewers who also weren't feeling okay on that day following their conversation with Edmund...
Here is Edmund's original tweet:
If any of the subjects addressed in this article have affected you, click here to get some advice on mental health awareness. Please remember, you are not alone.
I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.— Edmund O'Leary (@Edmund O'Leary)1602887258.0