Founder Sam Hearne came to realize today’s men’s mental health epidemic after the suicides of his uncle and childhood best friend. Facing depression and PTSD himself for many years and coming from a charity focused family, he began to involve himself with men’s mental health charities. He brought men’s health fundraising to school, Tulane University, until health forced him to take leave in 2015. Once home he began to search the internet to engage himself with an online community focused on this epidemic, only to find such a niche did not exist. Inspired to bring the men’s mental health conversation to mainstream social platforms, he teamed up with life long best friend and, Co-Founder Jake Fishman. After completing three years towards a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and a minor in digital media at Union College Jake paused his education to pursue a professional baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays. Together they would create The Men’s Health Arkive and, bring the men’s mental health conversation to the forefront of internet social media and video platforms in order to raise awareness and help lower the associated stigma.
1 in 5 Americans face some sort of mental health related issue. Women are 40% more susceptible to developing a mental illness, yet men account for 75% of all suicides today.
Through online social platforms, community engagement, and educational resources, we plan to fight back against the men’s mental health epidemic. In a society that promotes hyper masculinity, men are being deterred from recognizing themselves as being mentally unhealthy and talking about it with either with friends or healthcare professionals. By bringing this issue into the public realm with heartfelt testimonials from men world wide, and showing everyday men as a symbol of men’s mental health, we can guide the narrative of mentally ill men in our society while also helping men to prosper, share, and understand resources accessible to them. We urge men that the manliest and brave thing they could do is be open to the sharing of their own story and to inspire others to do the same.
Jake Fishman and Sam Hearne 2001 & 2017