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"The most important thing about this journey you’re going through is building a better relationship with yourself."

About Nitai:

Photo of Nitai Sitting at a RestaurantI’m a 25-year-old Israeli-Canadian that just graduated university and am currently travelling around Australia. Halfway through university, I started a mental health blog (The Silent Warrior), but currently I’m working on a project to build a community of like-minded people that are working towards similar health goals. If you want to be part of the community, you can learn more about it here: Circles.

WHAT WAS THE MAJOR TURNING POINT IN YOUR RECOVERY FROM DEPRESSION?

When I was in my first year of university, I had a brain hemorrhage and had to drop out of school. The hemorrhagic stroke affected my speech and when I returned to classes, I developed social anxiety because of it. Eventually, with the social anxiety plus all the other stresses of coming back to university, living with roommates, and living away from home, I spiraled into a depression.

The turning point was when it got so bad that I scared myself, and realized I really needed help before things got worse. That’s when I first reached out for professional help and started to slowly make changes. I started to meditate, journal, open up to friends, and eventually share my story through blog posts, various workshops, and events.

WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT REALLY HELPED?

Two things helped me the most:

  1. I started to build habits and routines that helped me get out of a negative state, like getting fresh air every day, making sure I moved my body (eg. stretching, walking, exercise, sports, etc.), using meditation apps to help me slow down and become more mindful, creative expression to get negative thoughts out of my head and into music or writing, and sharing thoughts to a supportive ear.
  2. I asked for help when I needed it by accessing resources that were available to me, like 24/7 call lines and university counselling programs.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER GUYS FIGHTING DEPRESSION?

I want you to imagine that you have a really good friend that is struggling right now. Think about what you’d say to them. You’d probably say something along the lines of:

  • “I know that things are hard right now, but this moment’s going to pass and you’ll get through this.”
  • “I believe in you man and I’m so proud of you.”
  • “You’ve come so far from where you started.”
  • “I know things aren’t going your way, but there’s some things we can’t control.”
  • “Just take things day by day and forgive yourself if you make mistakes.”
  • “Focus on what you can control and take small steps forward every day.”
  • “I’m here for you if you need and I want you to know that I love you bro, no matter what happens I got your back.”

The most important thing about this journey you’re going through is building a better relationship with yourself. If you work on talking to yourself (eg. writing it out, mental reminders, or audio recordings), the same way you’d talk to your really good friend, then you’ll have an incredible internal support system with you for the rest of your life, 24/7, and it makes the journey to recovery much easier.

– Nitai Weinberg, The Silent Warrior, Melbourne, Australia

THIS IS MEN'S HEALTH WEEK | JUNE 10-16TH, 2024

Men's Health Week takes place annually in mid-June, during the week preceding Father’s Day. The week is not just a campaign, but a call to action for men to take better care of their health and for communities to support men in this endeavour.

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