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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.

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"For many months during the pandemic, Jason Henderson felt lower than perhaps at any other period of his life. The 37-year-old was living in a basement apartment, newly divorced, recovering from back surgery and struggling with depression so crippling he had suicidal thoughts.

A friend from an online men’s support group told the Vancouver, B.C., resident about a new peer support app for men’s mental health called Tethr. Henderson joined and began posting about his struggles.

“I was met with commiseration, empathy and compassion,” he told me. “That emotional support immediately helped me feel so much better.”

On the heels of a well-documented upsurge in anxiety, loneliness and depression sparked by the pandemic, mental health apps have become an important resource for men such as Henderson.

Many men, traditionally more reticent to seek out therapy, say these “cyber-well” and mental health apps, some specifically targeted at them, provide a peer community and support in a setting that provides both privacy and convenience. In interviews, men said one of the biggest advantages with these apps was anonymity.

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The online help provides a “less intimidating entry to mental health,” says C. Vaile Wright, a psychologist who is senior director of health-care innovation for the American Psychological Association. “They are an important gateway to mental health for many men who need help but never considered reaching out for it before.”

Research has show that men often avoid seeking help because of gender expectations that they should not appear vulnerable or unable to handle their own problems, according to one recent study. They seek help for mental health struggles at approximately half the rate of women. Yet research has also shown that men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women, are more likely to abuse and die of drugs, especially opiates, as well as alcohol, and are at the forefront of the loneliness epidemic.

Millions now experiencing anxiety and depression due to the pandemic

But it’s not fair, experts say, to blame men exclusively for this public health problem...."

READ FULL ARTICLE BY ANDREW REINER HERE 

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For questions, partnership opportunities or collaborations please contact tethr Co-founders Addison Brasil & Matt Zerker. (support@tethr.men)

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tethr is the first peer-to-peer support platform that connects men for open conversations about real life. We provide men with a safe, barrier-free online space for open dialogue and genuine support, allowing men to connect deeply with themselves, other men, and everyone their lives touch.