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?