In our written posts, we will explore a wide range of topics including modern issues surrounding masculinity and male identity, how men can connect more deeply with themselves and others, and daily, actionable steps that any man can take to transform themselves and their lives.
On our podcast ‘Tales That Tethr’, tethr Founder & CEO Matt Zerker interviews entrepreneurs, experts, thought leaders, and regular people about what is means to be a man, the challenges that modern men face, and how to overcome challenges and live life in a more connected and authentic way.
The Social Venture Zone at Ryerson was an early supporter of tethr, offering guidance and help as we launched the app. This week, we’re honored to be featured in Ryerson Today.
Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone is an incubation space within the university that works with students, alumni, faculty and people from the broader community to build social ventures that create real impact. Ventures at the SVZ have focused on issues as diverse as the environment, urban poverty, food security, gender-based violence, conscious consumption and accessibility. For tethr, acceptance into the Social Venture zone was an early indicator that we were on the right track and a necessary vote of confidence. It is a pleasure see our work highlighted amongst the many other amazing projects support by the SVU and Ryerson in general.
Read an excerpt of the article below and head to their site to read the full feature.
Though it may seem that discussions around mental health are becoming more prevalent, the crisis is still staggering for men. In fact, 77 per cent of men say they suffer from anxiety, stress or depression, and 40 per cent of men say it would take thoughts of suicide or self-harm in order for them to get any help. This has dangerous consequences, as men in Canada are three times more likely to commit suicide than women.
Most men never reach out until they are at a point of crisis and some men never get the chance to reach out at all.
tethr, which recently joined Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone, is looking to change this. tethr functions as a peer-enabled mental health and well-being platform where any person identifying as a man regardless of race, sexual orientation or economic status can find a safe, barrier free space where they can connect with other men, speak openly and receive support.
“We started tethr to challenge the unemotional, outdated masculine structure that’s socialized in us,” says Matt Zerker, founder and CEO. “Continuing to see men go without talking about these issues and not having a space where they can freely discuss their issues with other men further entrenches this unfortunate stereotype.”
Trevor Hart, Ryerson professor in the Department of Psychology, says that, in many cultures, men are socialized to be independent and to avoid disclosing that they’re vulnerable. “Anything that could benefit men would also benefit the loved ones of men. If men have a place where they can communicate their feelings, they’ll be able to be better friends, partners, relatives, and potentially learn how to communicate better with their loved ones.”