MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In addition to our Newsletter sharing news about the work of MenHealing, we will begin to include periodic “Messages from MenHealing’s ED” to offer commentary about important matters.
For example, in the present moment it seems important to acknowledge the distress many of us may be experiencing as we are engulfed by tumultuous cultural events. As male survivors and allies, each of us is vulnerable to internal triggers when we are bombarded by media reports of ever-increasing incidents of violence. We may feel the pain of isolation as we witness efforts to erase basic human rights of others or ourselves. We are susceptible to absorb rage about acts of injustice. During times like now, it is especially important that we embrace the power of hope. Reach out to others and share your feelings. Join with others to create community. Use the skills that have served your own healing. Seek opportunities for active involvement where you feel you can help to make change. And remember: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER.
Jim Struve, Executive Director of MenHealing
NEW VIDEO RELEASES
HEAL (Helping Everyone Accept Love) was a webinar hosted by MenHealing on June 14th. This webinar featured a virtual premiere of “Gentle Man,” a new release by Soren Song (a survivor who is also a singer/songwriter from New York). The premiere was followed by a trauma-informed panel discussion about healing. Here is access to the video of this webinar.
We have expanded the video collection from the April 10th “Voices of Healing: Trans and Nonbinary Survivors SPEAK OUT” Live Event. In addition to the full-length video of the Live Event, individual videos for each of the four presenters are being released separately. The first two are available now with the other two presentations being released in the next couple of weeks.
OUTREACH AROUND THE WORLD
The SW Londoner (England) newspaper recently published a comprehensive article that focused on male survivors of sexual victimization. Jim Struve (MenHealing Executive Director) is one of the people quoted in the article and a couple of segments of video footage from his interview are also included. Special thanks to the reporter, Ayisha Sharma, for excellent coverage about male survivors.
NEW RESOURCE MATERIALS ADDED TO WEBSITE
Whether YOU are a survivor or an ally, we invite you to access the wealth of informational materials available at the Resources section of our MenHealing website. We have recently created a PDF guide in two parts that includes several examples of some TRUTHS AND UNTRUTHS about male survivors. This and other resource materials at our website are available for YOU to download and use for YOUR purpose of education and outreach. We also welcome your requests and suggestions for additional materials to help us expand our library of resources.
CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION TO MENHEALING in honor of 2022 GIVE OUT DAY, a month-long fundraising campaign (June 1st – 30th) for organizations that serve LGBTQIA+ communities. We invite YOU to consider donating an equal amount to FORGE, an organization with which MenHealing maintains on-going collaborations.
REGISTRATIONS REMAIN OPEN FOR 2022 WOR EVENTS
ADVANCED (August), ALTA LEVEL 1 (September), and HOPE SPRINGS (October)
Registration remains open for the 2022 Advanced WOR @ Alta, UT: August 12th – 14th: (“Exploring Our Connections With Self and Others”). This year’s Advanced WOR is open for partners to attend as well as for Alumni to attend alone.
Registration remains open for the 2022 Level 1 WOR @ Alta, UT. This WOR will be conducted Monday thru Wednesday, September 19th – 21st.
Registration remains open for the 2022 Level 1 WOR @ Hope Springs, OH. This WOR will be conducted Friday thru Sunday, October 21st – 23rd.
MENHEAING IS COMMITTED TO FINANCIAL ACCESSIBILITY FOR WEEKENDS OF RECOVERY. WE BELIEVE THAT HEALING SHOUD NOT BE IMPEDED BY ECONOMIC LIMITATIONS. THEREFORE, WE ARE OFFERING A “PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD” PRICING STRUCTURE FOR WEEKEND OF RECOVERY EVENTS.
MenHealing is committed to accessibility for all of our resources. As a grassroots organization, 85% of our financial support is received from individual donors and 15% from event registrations. We do not receive any funding from government or foundation grants. Our work is possible because of the generous donations from individuals like YOU.
Here are some ways YOUR donation contributes directly to help a survivor heal:
⮚ A $35 Donation will pay for six reusable water bottles given to survivors at a WOR
⮚ A $50 Donation will pay for ten personal journals given to survivors at a WOR
⮚ A $200 Donation will pay for one month subscription for ZOOM platform used by
⮚ A $295 Donation will pay 25% of the cost for one survivor to attend a WOR
⮚ A $590 Donation will pay 50% of the cost for one survivor to attend a WOR
⮚ A $880 Donation will pay 75% of the cost for one survivor to attend a WOR
⮚ A $1,175 Donation will pay 100% of the cost for one survivor to attend a WOR
We especially want to thank the growing community of regular sustaining donors.
Consider whether YOU can join as a recurring donor at any amount.