Mark Meier is the Founder of The Face It Foundation, an organization that exists for one simple reason: collectively, we need to do a better job of helping men who battle depression. For many reasons it’s difficult for men to acknowledge their struggle with depression. Many won’t seek the help of a mental health professional, leaving millions of men in pain, consumed by anger and fear. Far too often they try to cope with their depression by drinking, using drugs, having extramarital affairs, disconnecting from their families, and acting out in other reckless ways. The most recent data shows that in the U.S., we lose over 35,000 men to suicide annually, and this number is increasing every year. This has to change. Today, with his Master’s degree in social work, Mark spends his time teaching and lecturing on depression around the United States, and running weekly support groups at Face It to connect guys in their mutual fight against depression. There’s no doubt that his personal experience and passion to help others has specifically equipped and empowered him for the work he does today. We’re grateful for his life, and honored to share his story.
You are not alone.
If you’ve spent much time at all around People Hope, you know we say this a lot because it’s true. If you’re struggling with a mental health issue, you’re not alone, friend. So many of us are standing with you as we also walk through our own challenges. Your feelings are valid and they matter. And it’s because we care about you that we’re telling you — don’t struggle on your own. Reach out and talk to a trusted friend, seek out professional counseling from people who are ready and waiting to walk with you through this, or even reach out to one of the resources below. Whatever you do, reach out for the help that you need.
If you’re in the United States and need help, call 1-800-273-8255, text the word CONNECT to 741741, or call 911 if you’re in immediate danger.
If you’re not in the United States and need help, talk to a trusted friend, reach out to a counselor, or call your country’s emergency telephone number if you’re in crisis.
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