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Why so many men are thanking an Irish guy for revealing a secret they're too afraid to admit

His honesty captivated me. Hopefully it will inspire others to speak up.

Niall Breslin has everything going for him.

He's a famous musician, a producer, a former footballer, good-looking, smart, and an all-around nice guy.

So people were surprised to hear that he also battles with anxiety and depression.

The reality is, it can happen to anyone.


People were shocked when he described his anxiety as so horrific that he wanted to rip the skin off his face. At one point, he was in so much emotional pain, he tried to knock himself out by banging his head on the wall.

He slept in a park for two nights in the midst of a breakdown.

But there can be something even worse than anxiety attacks: constantly having to hide them.

Even though so many people have mental health issues or know someone who does, the stigma makes them want to keep it hidden for fear of being judged.

Boys, in particular, are taught that being a "man" means not having vulnerabilities. That perception has to stop.

He's been inundated by emails from men, thanking him for speaking out when they felt they couldn't.

He's trying to reach people who DON'T have mental health issues to help them understand what people who DO have them struggle with.

Understanding = less stigma = people speaking up and getting help.

Hear him explain in his own soul-baring words below.

He's brave for speaking up to help others.

That's another thing he can add to his list of things he has going for him.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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