Paul Gask went off the rails.
A stressful job and a male-dominated culture of macho behaviour left him on the verge of a complete breakdown.
But Paul found strength in his role as a father and now works with men to champion issues around mental health, suicide and taking back control.
I recently interviewed Paul [pictured above] for Inside Fatherhood, my forthcoming book to be published by BRF in 2018.
Here’s a preview of his moving story:
“I tried to process why he hadn’t said anything to me. I couldn’t cope with the grief but, when I sent to see the welfare officer, they told me to ‘pull myself together’. I couldn’t admit I had a mental health problem to my employer. I didn’t even know that I might have one. I knew the stigma attached to it. In that kind of working culture, men just didn’t talk about their feelings.”
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Very inspiring article. Shows how we need to help more people in this difficult position. Good luck with the book.