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How men can step up as mental health allies for women

The pandemic is hitting women harder than men in many ways. More are losing jobs, reporting feelings of depression and having increased caregiving duties. But a Northern Virginia counselor has advice for how men can step up as mental health allies for women.

“Men, what I recommend is, tell the women in your life, ‘What do you need from me?’” said Julie Isaacs, interim regional director of behavioral health for Kaiser Permanente in the Mid-Atlantic States. Isaacs has practices in Burke and Falls Church.

Questions Isaacs said men can ask women in their lives range from the general to specific.

  • How can I be of help?
  • Can I take out the garbage?
  • Can I go to the grocery store?
  • Can I cook or order dinner tonight?
  • What can I do to make your life easier today?
  • What can I do to take some things off your plate?

 

Read the full story on WTOP News.