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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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tethr’s founder Matt Zerker and co-founder Addison Brasil recently contributed insightful and intimate letters to Daddy’s Digest that can act as a piece of advice or inspiration for all fathers, or more generally all men. These letters act as reminders for fathers to acknowledge the importance of mental health, not only for themselves, but for their family and children who rely and look up to them for love and support everyday.

Fatherhood in Crisis: The Invisible Standard of Masculinity

Matt’s article “Fatherhood in Crisis: The Invisible Standard of Masculinity” discusses the emotional upbringing of men from a young age to their adolescent years and how modelled behaviour to suppress their emotions as a man sticks with them throughout their entire life of experiences. Without the space to feel emotions, men have learnt to keep what they feel bottled up inside. Ultimately, leading them down a very lonely, dark, and an emotionally unavailable path.

“At the root of this crisis is a deeply held, and ultimately harmful, narrative of what it means to be a man. Indeed, many men are unwittingly socialized with the belief that ‘real men don’t cry’ and that struggling is inherently unmasculine.”

To read the full article by Matt Zerker, click here.

An Open Letter to Dads Around The World (From a Son Who Lost His Father)

Addison’s letter “An Open Letter to Dads Around The World (From a Son Who Lost His Father)” is an emotionally intimate piece that shares Addison’s experience of losing his father and the grief that comes with loss of such magnitude. This piece highlights the importance of mental health and how community, connection, and vulnerability among men is vitally important.

I write this letter so your own sons, or daughters, never end up at your door with shaky hands trying to use a key that may unlock traumatic grief they will never truly recover from, but hopefully, learn to honour. (That’s a different letter altogether)”

To read the full article by Addison Brasil, click here.

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