Face It was founded in 2009 with the goal to help men understand and overcome depression, and reduce the rate of male suicide. We provide men’s support groups, one-on-one peer support, outreach events, public education, and training for mental health professionals.
Services created specifically for men
One in ten men experiences depression, but fear, shame, and a lack of understanding about depression prevents many from seeking help. Men often feel pressured to simply “man up” and “get over it.” There’s the fear that admitting to a struggle or asking for help will be seen as unmanly, and men often reject the idea of taking antidepressants or seeing a counselor. Some men might not even aware that they’re depressed—they just know that life has become unmanageable. Tragically, over 35,000 men die by suicide each year, often due to depression.
At Face It, we understand these barriers to seeking help, and have designed our support services accordingly. On Connector Plus, our online depression support center, men can chat anonymously with other guys who have dealt with depression. In support groups, men find a community of guys who understand because they’ve battled depression, too. Time with peers teaches men that they’re not alone in their struggle, and one of the bravest, manliest things you can do is ask for help.
Face It complements traditional treatment
For a man to truly move beyond his depression, a multi-faceted approach is key. Traditional treatments of medication and talk therapy can be helpful, but to make a long-term recovery, men also need peer support and a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that mild to moderate depression responds well to simple changes, like getting regular exercise and sleep. For men with more severe depression, social support and lifestyle changes can work alongside antidepressants and counseling.
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Every day, Face It makes a difference in the lives of men dealing with depression. Support our work by making a donation.