A man whose platform was to promote positivity and health through dance and music sparked a conversation about mental health after his surprising death.

LOS ANGELES – The recent suicide of DJ tWitch, who made it his mission to spread positivity and well-being through dance, shocked social media.

According to various reports, Stephen “tWitch” Boss was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his hotel room on Tuesday.

Boss is best known for his choreography and music mixes for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

DeGeneres and TMZ confirmed his death via Twitter. “I am heartbroken.” DeGeneres wrote: Among others who shared their love for the late dancer;

This started the conversation about men’s mental health.

“It’s okay to cry, never be afraid to ask for help, your family needs you, God has a purpose for you,” one Twitter user wrote after hearing about the death.

According to the American Foundation for Prevention of Science, men died 3.88 times more than women in 2020 alone. Many are equivalent to the growth that comes from how men are viewed in different social and cultural settings.

“Many of us black men are normalized by carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders,” another user wrote.

“Does this man dancing with his son look like a mentally challenged person?” another user wrote: Thus, pointing out the fact that mental health does not have a single view. So how do you spot a call for help?

Easier said than done, but how do you start those tough conversations?

The beginning of the conversation

What needs to be done to start those conversations at home?

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention breaks it down, and also offers a health conversation starter for general conversations. Here are some tips they offer.

  • Let people know you’re ready to talk about #MentalHealth.
  • Trust your gut if you think someone is having a hard time and talk to them privately.
  • The timing doesn’t have to be perfect
  • Trust is important. let them know that whatever the problem is, you’re here to talk about it
  • If you suspect that the other person might be more comfortable talking to someone else, you can offer to help connect them.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, don’t be afraid to call 988 for help.

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