The community will provide the information, resources, and support to help everyone to live full and healthy lives.
We hope to create a community of millions who will commit to the following “Five-Point Male Wellness Vow:
- I will remain healthy in mind and body.
- I will nourish and grow my emotional awareness.
- I will become familiar with my internal darkness and never harm another man, woman or child.
- I will ask for help and strive to live cooperatively, not competitively, with men.
- I will become the best man I can be, living with honor and pride in my masculinity.
Our community wants to help improve men’s mental health. They want practical information to improve their own health and the health of those they love. They want to join a community of like-minded peaceful warriors who are committed to reversing the escalation of rage and violence in the world, restoring hope for humanity, and bringing everyone together in support of today’s children and future generations.
The origin for this community really goes back to 1949 when I was five years old. My forty-three-year-old father took an overdose of sleeping pills after he became increasingly depressed because he couldn’t support his family at the work he loved. He was committed to a mental hospital that caused more harm than healing. When my first son, Jemal, was born in 1969, I made a promise that I would be a different kind of father than my father was able to be for me and to help create a world where men were fully healed and engaged with their families throughout their lives. My program, MenAlive, was born shortly thereafter.
In November 2021 I invited a number of colleagues to join me on a “Moonshot Mission for Mankind and Humanity.” Randolph Nesse MD and Daniel Kruger, PhD found that in every country studied, males lived sicker and died sooner than females and concluded that if we could help men live as long and healthy lives as women we would save 375,000 men’s lives a year in the U.S. alone. We are building a movement and a community of individuals who are committed to their own mental health as well as organizations who are doing great work to improve men’s health. Together we can change the world for the better.