So, I am sure by now that most everyone is aware of the "Show me your steak" deal, to bring awareness to men's mental health. I don't have a YouTube channel of my outdoor adventures, and I was not tagged to do this. I'm going rogue here and doing this on my own. Men's mental health is a serious issue, and one that has had an effect on my life. So, first, the steak. I love tenderloin and my wife just happened to pick up a chunk of it for me. I just happened to have a nice knife that I received from @BradGad awhile ago. What better way to put it to use. My dad suffered from depression late in life. I think he had issues with it for awhile. His dad died when he was pretty young, and he took care of his family at an age when he shouldn't have had to. He lied about his age and got a job driving a dump truck and building roads when he was 16, so he could send money home to his mom. The steak, all sliced up and ready for action. He was also an alcoholic. He wasn't an abusive one, although later in life he had a rather sharp tongue after a few glasses of wine. More than one night I received phone calls from him late at night, saying that he was going to end it. That's not something a young man should have to go through....., but I would drive out and talk with him and after awhile he was ok. For awhile. He was a good man....but he was hurting inside. What is a steak without onions and peppers? Still a good steak, but not AS good. So, I do know first hand what damage mental health issues can do, both to the person dealing with it, and the family as well. He dealt with his issues the only way he knew how. By either trying to drown them out, or by ignoring them. The support system that might have helped him may have been available, but he didn't know how to ask for it. He was raised in the time when men didn't ask for help. I think everyone at times is sad. Bummed out. Depressed. Down. etc. It's a part if life. But, sometimes it can be more than just the blues. And that's when it is time to reach out. And there is no shame in doing so. It's no different than being in a lake and not being able to swim, sometimes you just have to grab a lifeline. Or else you will drown. This steak is simmering nicely with the onions and peppers. And I am getting hungry! I have watched a few of these challenges, and most of what I have seen is about just being aware of issues. I want to kick it up a notch, and say don't just be aware of it, but take action. I have found, for me, that when I start feeling myself sinking, that I need to get up and out and do something. Being self employed allows me a lot of freedom to do the things I want. It can also put an incredible amount of pressure on me. There are times when the weather or other things beyond my control throw my schedule into the toilet. I sometimes get overwhelmed by what needs to be done, and how little time I have to do it. When I start to feel that way, it's time to put on the brakes.......that is when I NEED to get out and play in the dirt for a day. I need to reconnect with Mother Earth, and get myself grounded again. If I am no good to myself, I am no good to others either.As males, in the stereotypical roles as leader and providers, we have a responsibility to our families. When there is something wrong with us, we need to work on fixing it. And that is especially true with mental health issues, because that is a "hurt" that often remains hidden, unlike say, a broken arm or some other physical ailment. That is when it is time to reach out. Whether it be a friend, family, church, forum member, or even sometimes just talking to a complete stranger.......sometimes you just need to say it. "I NEED HELP" It isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength. It takes strength, and it takes courage to reach out. Much more than to not do it..... It's time to eat now. Had to have some broccoli too. No bacon or sausage tonight. In closing, just a few more thoughts. If you need someone to talk to, there are many forum members here who would be glad to listen to you, both online and on the phone. If you know someone who seems not quite right or their usual self, don't hesitate to ask if things are ok. This goes for you gals out there too. All we really have in the world that matters is each other, let's take as good of care of each other as we can.