INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH

Nov 13th @ 9:00 am in Local Events, News, Public Service by Scott Staley

Man Therapy, a groundbreaking new approach to suicide prevention and other men’s mental health issues will be launched in our communities during a series of two town hall meetings on November 27th. The first town hall will be at the Montrose Hospital at 800 South 3rd Street in the downstairs conference room from 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. with a second town hall at the Delta Hospital 1501 East 3rd Street at the Oncology Building, Craig Crest Conference Room from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Colorado currently has the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation with men ages 25 through 54 representing a significant portion of suicide deaths and the numbers are on the rise.  Man Therapy reshapes the conversation, using humor to cut through stigma and tackle issues like depression, divorce, and even suicidal thoughts head on, the way a man would do it.  The purpose of the Man Therapy campaign is to provide men approaching crisis, and their loved ones, a place to go and learn more about men’s mental health, examine their own and consider a wide array of actions that will put them on the path to treatment and recovery. The message is that all men should be aware of their mental health, treat it like they would a broken leg and strive to get better.

Man Therapy features our fictitious hero, Dr. Rich Mahogany. He is a man who is dedicated to cutting through the denial with a fresh approach using his odd sense of humor and practical advice for men. An age-old stigma exists that says mental health disorders are unmanly signs of weakness. Dr. Rich Mahogany is dedicated to smashing that.  The centerpiece of the campaign is the mantherapy.org website, where men and their loved ones will find they have a virtual appointment with Dr. Mahogany. He greets visitors, makes them feel at ease and then provides an overview of what they will find and explore during their visit.  From there, visitors can navigate through Dr. Mahogany’s office where they can find useful information about men’s mental health including a guy’s guide to Gentlemental Health. Men can choose to take an 18-question quiz to evaluate their own mental health status. They can also access resources and explore a wide range of choices from do-it-yourself tips to professional therapist referrals.

The two town hall meetings will introduce and explain the program. The Center for Mental Health received a grant from the State of Colorado, Office of Suicide Prevention to offer the program in our region and to provide support materials and suicide prevention trainings. Jarrod Hindman from the State of Colorado, Office of Suicide Prevention will help present the program along with Robin Berndt, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, for the Center for Mental Health. Everyone is welcome. There is no cost and RSVP’s are not required. Businesses, agencies, and organizations are encouraged to attend or send a representative.