17 Deep Conversations About Mental Health We Had in 2020

17 Deep Conversations About Mental Health We Had in 2020

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2020 was difficult on us all. We struggled with indoor stir crazies, WFH burnout, and election stress and anxiety. The result? A September 2020 study found that one in four Americans struggled with depression this year, more than three times that before the pandemic.

But all along the way, Men’s Health was there to help guide you through the longest 12 months ever. Each Friday, we spoke with psychiatrists and entertainers to find out how they lived, worked, and kept sane during a difficult year. Some sought therapy, others relied on self-care apps for a mental boost. To help guide your journey to better mental health, and take on 2021 in full-force, below, a few of our favorite Friday Sessions from the past year.

Why addressing your mental health starts with you

Singer Two Feet has struggled with depression. He said recovery doesn’t happen overnight and finding your own way of coping—rather than following someone else’s recommendation—might be what’s best for you.

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How to stay motivated in a pandemic

In quarantine, it can be difficult to have any sense of structure to your work day. Musician Bazzi discussed the importance of valuing your mental health (and why putting down your phone might be the first step).

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How to work on your recovery in quarantine

Overcoming addiction is a hard-fought journey; a seemingly never-ending pandemic likely didn’t help. Writer Sam Lansky talked how to deal with depression and maintain sobriety when you can’t leave your home.

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Why having an open dialogue on race starts with honesty

After the murders of Black Americans including George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, Dr. Gregory Scott Brown, M.D., discussed racial barriers in the U.S.—and how to begin conversations on race with your peers.

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How to feel comfortable discussing your mental health

Sue Varma, M.D., trauma and depression psychiatrist, discussed how you can overcome the anxiety of talking about your emotions to get the help you need.

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Normalizing expression of emotions for men is key to suicide prevention

Talking about suicide can be difficult and uncomfortable. Christine Moutier, M.D., chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention talked about the stigma that surrounds men sharing emotions and how to spot someone who might

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