El Paso County, CO – This Men’s Health Week (June 10-16) El Paso County Public Health and community partners are raising awareness about men’s mental health with Man Therapy, a campaign targeted at reducing the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.
In El Paso County, 152 residents died by suicide in 2018, and men accounted for 74 percent of those deaths. Men are also less likely to seek professional help for a mental health problem than women.
“As the largest demographic affected and the most difficult to reach, we can’t realistically and significantly look to reduce the impact of suicide on our community without efforts that specifically target our adult male population,” said El Paso County Coroner, Dr. Leon Kelly.
Man Therapy seeks to empower men to take ownership of their mental health and overall wellness by increasing help-seeking behavior. It promotes resources that provide men and their loved ones with the education, tools and community connections needed to take control of their overall wellness and mental health. Man Therapy reshapes the conversation about mental health, using humor to cut through stigma and encouraging men to seek help.
"One of the toughest parts of getting help is simply knowing where to start. Man Therapy provides an entry point that's easy to find, fun to visit and not at all intimidating," says Kirk Woundy, communication and grants manager at the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Colorado Springs.
Man Therapy provides men approaching crisis, and the people who care about them, information and resources at www.mantherapy.org. This website is designed to show working-aged men that talking about their problems, getting help and fixing themselves is manly. Visitors to the website can learn more about men’s mental health, examine their own and get connected to local resources.
This Men’s Health Week, visit or encourage the men in your life to check out www.mantherapy.org.