Twitter User Shares Heartfelt Text From Friend Reaching Out to Him, Defines #FriendshipGoals
Though we've come a long way in the past few years, mental health is still a topic considered taboo in society, even amongst friends. This is especially true for men, who make up over 75 percent of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. Research has also found that men are significantly less likely to use mental health services in response to a mental health issue in comparison with women. Much of this is likely due to the societal pressure for men to be "tough", which encourages them to hide their feelings with others. While the issue of men's mental health is seemingly dire, one Twitter user named Cotton Weary just proved that there is hope and progress when it comes to male peers discussing mental health with each other. Cotton took to Twitter to share a heartfelt text from a friend who reached out to him after noticing some changes in his behavior.
I love my friends man, I couldn’t ask for anything better. This legit made me tear up. 😥 pic.twitter.com/JllbAlUh1Y
— Cotton Weary (@FlatteryKills) January 7, 2018
Twitter praised the gesture of friendship, particularly because it came from two "bros".
I love this bro to bro talk. Really important during hard times
— Omono (@IncognitoTrex) January 7, 2018
You are really blessed to have such a friend
— Maseno Cynthia (@MasenoCynthia) January 7, 2018
Men who acknowledge their feelings and intuition aren’t always this honest. I hope you confide in this brother. He’s a real one!
— ☀☮♥ Elements✞♐ (@Elementsofshe) January 7, 2018
This is great to see, i hope what you’re going through subsides soon.
— Scottie Crippin’ (@_ThreeStacks) January 7, 2018
This is beautiful. You are loved.
— shubina 🇳🇬 (@shOoObz) January 7, 2018
hope you’re finding peace. awesome you got a support system.
— diana (@takeDianasbra) January 7, 2018
The viral post also lead to Cotton receiving a flurry of DMs and Tweets of support from strangers, for which he also acknowledged his gratitude.
I have been receiving so much love and support in my mentions and DM’s I really appreciate all y’all caring for my well being. I only posted this to show how supportive my friends are I never expected strangers to show support as well. I truly thank all of y’all 💙
— Cotton Weary (@FlatteryKills) January 9, 2018
These days, it's so important to check in with friends and family when we notice someone struggling, or are struggling ourselves. And Cotton's post just re-affirms that sometimes the best way to create a support system is to be one! Here are some resources if you or a loved one is struggling with depression or other mental health issues:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255)
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727)
Has Cotton's post inspired you to reach out to a friend who may be in need? Or do you have a similar story of a friend stepping up and letting you know they're there for you? Share with us @Smosh!