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Depressed? Handle it with 'Man Therapy'

  • 'Man Therapy' helps shed light on male depression
  • It's also pretty funny. Who doesn't want to be cheered up?
Depressed? Handle it with 'Man Therapy'

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Are you a man? Are you a sad man? Are your sad feelings so manly they grow their own tiny mustaches and sip tiny glasses of Johnny Walker while listening to tiny Johnny Cash? If so, some gentle folks from the Colorado Department of Public Health would like to talk to you.

You see, they have started a website called Man Therapy. Imagine, if Ron Burgundy and Ron Swanson from "Parks and Recreation" had a baby, and that baby was raised in a cocoon of Corinthian leather and Aqua Velva, it would start to approach the level of manliness attempted by this site. It will teach you how to deal with feelings, even ones that don't involve facial hair. And it's all in the name of suicide prevention.

September is National Suicide Prevention month, which means it is a perfect time to remind people that suicide, depression, and other mental health issues don't discriminate, by race, by age, or by manliness. "Man Therapy" is an interactive resource for men, or for those concerned for a man in their lives. Led by (fake) therapist Dr. Rich Mahogany, the site is a tongue-in-rugged-cheek approach to the old supposition that men, on the whole, are not into feelings all that much.

Once you get past the taxidermized moose head and the soliloquies of Dr. Mahogany, you can find tips on dealing with depression, facts about mental health, a questionnaire that leads to tips and advice for various mental issues, and resources for help, if your emotional mustache is just too droopy for you to fix it yourself (don't be ashamed).

During the month of September, there has been a nationwide effort to de-stigmatize depression and mental health issues. This is especially important for men, since research shows indications of depression vary by gender, and men are more likely to go undiagnosed or resist treatment. As Man Therapy puts it, "Saying only women and weak men can get depression is like saying only smokers can get cancer and only men with accents can seduce beautiful women... Anyone, including the strongest of men, can suffer from depression."

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