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The Hidden Men’s Mental Health Crisis

Many men have internalized outdated and harmful beliefs about what it means to be a man. Emotional and physical isolation and the mental health issues that result represent the largest health crisis facing men today.

The Hidden Men’s Mental Health Crisis

Many men have internalized outdated and harmful beliefs about what it means to be a man. Emotional and physical isolation and the mental health issues that result represent the largest health crisis facing men today.

50%

Over 50% of men have less than two friends they can discuss serious topics with. - HeadsUpGuys.org

40%

40% of men in crisis admit that they won’t talk to anyone, often because they feel like they have no one to turn to. - Prior Hospitals Group

75%

Currently, 75% of suicides are committed by men. - Movember

We are building an online community to help solve this crisis. Be one of the first to join.

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“Depression is now the No.1 health risk for humans.”
“Former US Surgeon General Murthy identified the most common threat to public health that he had seen: not heart disease, diabetes, or cancer—but loneliness.”
“One third of men regularly feel lonely.”
“800,000 people die due to suicide every year. That’s one person every 40 seconds.”
“Male loneliness has reached epidemic proportions... because men are often reluctant to show the vulnerability necessary to deepen a friendship.”

"Real men don't cry"

As men we’re often told that ‘real men’ don’t show emotions, shouldn’t express their feelings, and doing so makes us less of a man. This outdated way of thinking is not only harmful for men, it is harmful for everyone their lives touch.

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Because of this:
1.
Men have fewer friends

Men have fewer meaningful friendships (on average) than women and significantly smaller emotional and mental support networks.

2.
Men struggle to ask for help

It can be difficult to express emotions and ask for help. Many men consider it a sign of weakness.

3.
Men feel alone

Men feel isolated and often respond to mental stress by taking personal risks, misusing drugs and alcohol, or hurting other people.

There needs to be a solution.
Because of this men:

Have fewer meaningful friendships (on average) than women and significantly smaller emotional and mental support networks.

Find it more difficult to express emotions and ask for help. Many men consider it a sign of weakness.

Isolate and often respond to mental stress by taking personal risks, misusing drugs and alcohol, or hurting other people.

There needs to be a solution.

Say hello to tethr

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tethr is an app that allows any man regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, economic status, or anything else to:

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Participate in forums

Post, read, comment, and discuss anything on your mind with your fellow men whether it’s related to your mental health or anything else that’s going on.

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Connect One-On-One

Connect directly with other men through common experience, shared struggles, and a mutual desire to give and receive support.

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Create New Groups

Through connections made on our platform you can create new friend groups and invaluable support networks of guys who ‘get it’.

The tethr app is currently in development. Be one of the first to try it out.

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Why tethr works

tethr provides the space all men need to speak openly, receive and provide support, express buried emotions, and safely explore any aspect of your personality or personal life you feel you can’t share with your existing network.

By allowing men to participate in subject specific threads with other men who've experienced the same issues, we let men know that they are not alone.

By directly connecting men seeking a supportive space to talk we are destigmatizing and normalizing these types of conversations for all men.

By helping men create new groups and support structures we are helping men feel less isolated and more connected.

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Why tethr exists

Our goal is to provide men with a safe, barrier free community where they can connect with each other, heal from the issues that affect their lives, build new support structures, and develop a healthier and more positive view of what it means to be a man for the benefit of everyone in society.

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"Men’s social isolation and mental health challenges are longstanding issues that go some way to explaining the high male suicide rates...We need more communities that norm men’s connections, encourage open dialogue and foster cultures of mutual help that work with the shifts so many men want to make to embody contemporary masculinities in a world undergoing significant changes."

- John Oliffe
PhD, RN, Founder and lead investigator of UBC’s Men’s Health Research