Using humor to bring mental health resources to men

Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 -- 3:00pm

It's a problem plaguing America, especially in our area.

"In Dane County it's a terrible problem” says Cheryl Wittke, director of Safe Communities Madison-Dane County.

Every year, between 40 and 50 people die due to suicide in Dane County.

While suicide is something both men and women struggle with, Wittke says it's the guys who are more likely to complete it. "We lose more men to suicide than any other violent death” she tells NBC 15.

Even more, it isn't the younger guys who are most at risk, it's the working-age men (ages 25-54).

So how do we stop it? Well, like many things, men react differently to situations than women. “Men seek help in different ways, they don't necessarily ask for it” says Wittke.

That's why Safe Communities, along with the Dane County Department of Human Services and Mental Health America of Wisconsin are teaming up to bring awareness to men's mental a unique way.

The campaign is called Man Therapy. It's internet based and uses humor to address the stigma of suicide and mental health.

"If we don't talk about it, people aren't comfortable asking for help, so we have to just blow that stigma away” says Wittke.

Through a website, guys can casually browse through resources, without being pressured to immediately see a therapist

To access man therapy head to:

For information on “Guys' Night Out” a free event happening on September 10 at the Coliseum Bar in Madison, a casual event talking about mental health, head to:

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