To my dear friends & future friends,
Thursday is June 21st, the winter solstice, the darkest day of the year.
It also marks one year since we launched Tell Your Friends You Love Them. The support and outpouring of love and friendship we’ve witnessed in that time has been humbling and overwhelming.
Now, even more so than a year ago, looking after the wellbeing of our loved ones is paramount. Tell Your Friends was born from the broken hearts of losing friends, the grief and daily mental struggles that come with that, and the power of friendship to ease these burdens.
The hope for Tell Your Friends You Love Them was to change the way people show emotion and hide emotion. To break down the walls society has forced us to build, to make it seem like we’re all doing just fine. So, hopefully, through showing love first, it becomes easier to let all the harder emotions flow out behind it; the self-doubt, the anxiety, the depression, the fears and the dark thoughts we hide from our closest friends, sometimes even from ourselves.
To foster and strengthen the bond between friends, that in the dark times is a beacon of light to hold onto, and in the happy times is the warm glow that puts a bounce in our step.
This is not specifically a men’s mental health issue; it’s a movement for everyone. These are issues that affect all ages, sexualities, religions, and cultural backgrounds. We all have demons and we all have struggles, myself included, and it makes it so much easier to know that we’re not doing it alone. That there is someone that has your back no matter what, the true believers in you, and the ones that hold you up when you’re down and keep pushing you when you’re up.
Be that friend for someone, let someone be that friend for you.
Take the time on the 21st to tell your friends how much they mean to you, not just that you love them but really tell them why. It doesn’t have to be an open declaration to the world, even a simple text or call. Let them know how proud you are of them. Open up that channel of support and trust, reach out and let them know that we’re all in this thing called life together.
Love you all,