EastEnder Danny Dyer says men should tackle mental health by talking to trees

Television tough guy Danny Dyer reckons men should combat their mental health woes in mad times – by 'talking to a f**ing tree'.

The actor, who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in EastEnders, said it was 'so important' to discuss problems during periods of strife such as lockdown.

He is launching an agony aunt podcast with his Love Island star daughter Dani, 24, called Sorted With The Dyers.

Danny, 43, said: "There's still that gender thing where men don't feel natural opening up, talking and it is something that is so important.

"This mental health thing what's going on as well at the moment, the pandemic really is just a sideshow to what's going on really with people's f**ing brains and the anxiety.

"It is tough and you have got to talk about stuff.

"You have got to get it out there.

"Even if you talk to a f**ing tree talk to something."

Danny, 41, who is known for a series of hard men roles in movies such as Human Traffic, Mean Machine and The Football Factory, said everyone's stressing out about something’ at the moment and it was important to be confident in your own voice'.

"It's dark days, isn't it? It is dark for all of us and I think it is affecting people's lives to another level, emotionally and financially," he said.

The actor admitted for the first couple of weeks of lockdown he was scared’, adding: "I thought I was going to die.

"I thought my wife was going to die. My wife's diabetic.

"I thought my kids were going to die.

"We all had that fear.

"That is the vibe that is going on and that definitely comes through with some of the questions and dilemmas that are coming our way."

Spotify Original podcast Sorted With The Dyers – which will see the father and daughter duo talk through problems facing listeners who have written in to ask for advice – launches on the streaming platform today.

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