Being a good listener means understanding the risks and situations that people are facing every day of their lives. Fortunately, our society has evolved into becoming a community that’s more accepting of intellectual discourses on mental health, emotional support, etc. Decades ago, these are issues that have been buried under a long pile of taboos because they’re considered unimportant. These issues were brought to light because someone was compassionate enough to listen.
Above anything else, choose to be with him. Words are cheap when they’re not backed up with action. Don’t leave him on his weakest days because he’s broken. Humans, in general, are meant to be broken so they can experience a breakthrough. Your relationship isn’t true and strong if you leave because you’re not open to this side of him. He doesn’t have to be always strong and manly for you, and vice versa.