Face It Initiatives

Face It Together 2011 Bike Tour

In May of 2011, our team of “Face It Together” bike riders will unload their bikes in San Francisco and we will begin a trek of some 3,600 miles east to our final destination New York City.

Along the way, the team will reach out about the impact of depression on men and those who care about them. The team will provide education on the importance of recognizing depression and addressing it with a comprehensive approach.  By riding, we hope to inspire men dealing with depression and their supporters to face the issue of depression together.

We are going to make every effort to minimize the cost of this ride.   Our goal is to raise enough money to cover the expenses of the trip and the money raised beyond that will go to fund the Face It Depression Management System© and the Face It For The Future Scholarship Program.

Face It Depression Management System ©

Drawing on his own 14 year battle with depression, Face It Founder Mark Meier has developed a web-based depression management system for men.  This system allows for a confidential and anonymous place for men to learn about depression and build skills to overcome depression.  In light of how many men refuse to seek help for their depression this system could make the difference between a man seeking help for his depression and our society losing another man to suicide.  Highlights of the system include:

  • 24/7 free access
  • Interactive coaching and education
  • Depression treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention strategies
  • Exercise, diet, and other lifestyle adjustment issues
  • Daily email reminders and depression management tips

To bring this web-based tool to life we need your financial support.   Remember, in addition to his own long battle with depression, Mark has 16 years of clinical social work experience, he is a professor at the University of Minnesota teaching on depression, he has delivered over 150 talks across the United States, and he has coached and played sports with men for the vast majority of his 43 years of life.  Mark understands the needs of men with depression.

Face It For The Future Scholarship Program

The onset of depression often occurs in males between the ages of 18-25.  Many of these men begin an academic program and drop out due to their depression or because of their depression they never even start down a vocational path.    These scenarios not only hurt the individual but they hurt our country and our communities.  With your support Face It will create and maintain a scholarship program to help men who have overcome depression to return to college, technical school, and other vocational programs.  This is an area of critical need and your support will have significant and direct impact on the scholarship recipient.

If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline