Face It Initiatives
Men’s Support Groups
Our support groups and approach for men with depression are frequently cited by the likes of the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota – School of Medicine as exemplary options to help men who suffer from depression. The key to these support groups is the leveraging of men who have dealt with and recovered from depression to lead, support, and mentor the men who are currently suffering. These “peers” are a critical component and their effectiveness is evidenced not only by our experience here at Face It, but also in the clinical and research literature.
Men’s Fall Retreats
Leveraging the advantages of peer support, Face It has begun to offer intensive, weekend long retreats for men who are currently suffering with depression. The purpose of these retreats is to give men additional opportunities to acquire skills to overcome their depression, develop deeper friendships with men who have overcome depression, and to learn about the value of providing peer-support to others as a means of recovery.
Many men who suffer from depression are prone to isolating themselves from family and friends which worsens their depression. Face It offers ongoing activities such as a monthly breakfast, golf outings, awareness activities, or an afternoon at the Twins game to help men stay connected with others.
Face It Connector Plus ©
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