May 1, 2017


As a gift to yourself during mental health month, we invite you to take a few minutes each day to explore mental health topics through short film. Each week day in May 2017 the Art With Impact team will select a film from our library and pair it with stories, links, information, and questions for personal reflection. Our hope is to engage with our friends (new and old) to create conversations that explore the many roles that mental health plays in our lives. Please join the conversation in the comments, below, or on social media using #myMHmatters and @artwithimpact. To kick off, we’re focusing on men’s mental health and stigma.


 Men’s Mental Health

Everyone has a mental health story. In this film, the main character’s strength allows him to ask for the support he needs.

Anosognosia by Leesa Kim

We caught up with Joshua Beharry, Project Coordinator for HeadsUpGuys, a website for supporting men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.

AWI: As a man, how have you experienced mental health challenges?

Joshua: Unfortunately, as a man, mental health comes with the added stigma and fear of not wanting to look weak. When I was severely depressed several years ago, these fears delayed my reaching out and seeking support, making my recovery much more difficult.

AWI: What is your role in reducing stigma around mental health issues for this community?

Joshua: It starts with conversation and letting guys know it’s okay to talk about mental health. We also need to avoid pushing male stereotypes, of not showing emotions and not asking for help, onto the next generation of boys and young men.

AWI: Can you share the progress made in the HeadsUpGuys community?

Joshua: HeadsUpGuys has been visited over 250,000 times since launching the site in June 2015. We’ve been able to open up much needed conversations about depression and get guys thinking about their mental health. Our site now has 30 stories from real guys sharing their experiences with recovering from depression. We hope to continue to build our reach online and share more stories moving forward.

Thanks for your insight, Joshua! Learn more at the HeadsUpGuys website.

Questions of the Day

These questions are offered as an opportunity for self-reflection. If you’d like to share your responses, we invite you to do so in the comments, or on social media using #mhMHmatters and @artwithimpact.

  • What metaphorical finger traps might I be allowing to get in the way of my mental wellness? What kind of support would be most meaningful to me? 
  • What is my role in reducing stigma around men’s mental health issues?
  • How do / have the men in my life (or myself) experienced mental health challenges?

Resources

  • ManTherapy.org: Offering a humorous approach and available 24/7, www.mantherapy.org is where men have a virtual appointment with the fictional therapist, Dr. Rich Mahogany. By using a no-nonsense approach combined with digital tools, Man Therapy meets men where they are and helps them tackle the mental health issues that life sends their way, like stress, anger, anxiety and substance use. To date, Man Therapy has hosted over 685,000 visitors from around the world.
  • The Movember Foundation: The Movember Foundation is the reason behind the massive influx of mustaches during the month of November…but for good reason! They are the only charity raising awareness for men’s health on a global scale, year round, addressing some of the biggest men’s mental health issues: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.
  • 1001 Ways to Wonder is a fun new web-series on YouTube that explores and demystifies the science of mental health. This monthly educational resource answers many of questions so many of us have but don’t know where to ask. Creator Bryce Sage has struggled with depression, ADHD and anxiety for years and is an advocate for mental health literacy, believing the more we know about what causes our depression and anxiety, the better equipped we will be to cope and conquer it. May 1marks the debut of the first main episode about the biology of depression (Depression in the Brain)

One Last Thing…

We wanna give you a present. 🙂 “Finding and Maintaining Mental Wellness” is an eBook that the AWI staff wrote to introduce concepts around mental health using short films from the OLIVE Collection. Download it for yourself, or for a friend… during May is Mental Health Month it’s our gift to you. Or, if you’d just like to hear from us sometimes, please add your name to our email list!


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