Thursday, February 18, 2016

Man Therapy mental health site adds resources, keeps humor

Man Therapy, a proven approach to men’s mental health, has already helped more than 800,000 users. Now this groundbreaking website unveils expansive changes, including customizable content, improved user functionality and targeted resources for high risk-audiences to further support men in crisis.

Working-age males account for the largest number of suicide deaths in the United States and are four times more likely to die from suicide than women. Man Therapy was created to combat this issue by meeting men in need at or before the point of crisis. In addition to expanded content on these critical topics, Man Therapy now features resources for high-risk groups, including veterans, military personnel and first responders.

“As Man Therapy has grown over the past four years, the demand for targeted information for our country’s warriors and first responders has been overwhelming,” said Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO of the Carson J Spencer Foundation. “These male-dominated workforces have multiple risk factors such as a macho culture, self-medication through substance abuse, strong stigmatizing views of mental illness, and access to and familiarity with lethal means – all of which make them prime target groups for Man Therapy.”

Men ages 25 – 54 are one of the most difficult audiences to reach using traditional prevention efforts. Man Therapy uses male humor and rapier wit to cut through the denial and stigma of men's mental health. Users can now create private profiles that save demographic information and tailor content for each reoccurring page visit. Content filters, such as anger, depression, or even suicide, help users quickly sort through the website’s expanded content to find the most relevant information.

Delivered through Man Therapy’s iconic fictional therapist, Dr. Rich Mahogany, the expanded 20-point Head Inspection is a short, five-minute quiz to help men assess their mental health. With the quiz results, men receive recommendations for targeted resources and can explore a wide range of actions from do-it-yourself online therapies and cognitive behavioral tools, to professional therapist referrals and even telehealth resources.



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