Depression affects 25% of men over 18
Men & Mental Health
The Man Project is an initiative of Foundations to help reduce men’s suicide and give men the resources they need to live well.
Foundations received a grant from the J. J. Keller Foundation to address the spike in the suicide rate among adult men. While men and women both face life challenges, men are often less likely to seek professional help or even speak with someone close to them about what they are experiencing.
Normalizing Mental Health
The first phase of the project focused on breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. Foundations created online resources, and a series of posters and coasters with messages encouraging men to talk about their feelings, normalizing mental health, and ensuring them that seeking help and support is not a sign of weakness.
In order to get materials in front of as many men as possible, Foundations reached out to a variety of spaces where men are likely to spend time – working, being active and socializing. They worked with municipalities to place posters in recreation centers and park facilities; the firefighters union hung the posters at their stations throughout Green Bay; and, Brown County Tavern League members received posters as well as coasters with similar messages this week that they will use in their establishments. There has been strong support for the project from the businesses and organizations contacted to participate, even businesses who were unable to hang posters due to company policy, responded with support for the program and felt it is an important issue that needs more awareness in our community. Fox 11 promoted a segment on the issue HERE.
In second phase of the initiative, Foundations hosted a series of men’s focus groups to better understand the issues men struggle with, and what kind of resources they need and want.
If you are interested in a set of posters and coasters for your business or organization, please contact Jenn Steffen, Communications Manager, at 920-437-8256 ext 123 or [email protected]
Stay tuned to learn more about the next phases of the initiative!
Suicide Kills. Talking Doesn’t. Please ask for help!
Whether you are looking for help for a friend or for yourself, we have the tools to change lives:
- Schedule a counseling session with one of our counselors by calling (920) 437-8256. View our therapy team HERE.
- Local Crisis Center: (920) 436-8888
- Crisis Text Line: 741741