A Word About Coronavirus
As we each manage the evolving COVID-19 protection guidelines, we hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. This is an important time to prioritize self-care as well as to embrace responsibility for how each of our actions impact others.
Although we need to heed the directives for “social distancing,” we should consider the intention of this message is actually a call for “physical distancing” while maintaining “social connection. It is important to find creative ways to overcome isolation: actively reaching out to others by phone, e-mail, zoom or skype, social media; accessing internet sites that are providing virtual participation in music, the arts, museums; using your creativity to find new ways to stay in contact.
Let’s all find ways to use the strength of community to use our relationships and our networks to stay socially engaged while respecting the wisdom of physical distance during a time like this.
Like many organizations, MenHealing is being impacted by the current restrictions for in-person contact. We are committed to agility and flexibility as we respond to the uncertainties of the coming months. While we are making adjustments to our 2020 event schedule (see below) we are also exploring creative ways to respond to the needs of survivors and allies. We welcome your input for ideas and suggestions.
MenHealing Releases Newest Video
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. MenHealing is releasing a new 3-minute PSA-oriented video – “DID YOU KNOW” - to further engage public awareness that males are also impacted by sexual victimization. We invite you to watch this video, then forward it to others in your social media network. We welcome your feedback about this video.
Adjustments to 2020 WOR/DOR Event Schedule
Guidelines that prohibit people from assembling in groups are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Therefore, we have made the following adjustments to our events schedule:
MASSACHUSETTS DORs (5/16 & 5/17):Both DORs will be postponed. We are exploring options for rescheduling these events during the 2nd half of the year
WHIDBEY INSTITUTE LEVEL 1 WOR (6/5 – 6/7): This event will be postponed; we are exploring options for rescheduling this WOR during the 2nd half of the year.
ALTA “INTIMACY & RELATIONSHIP” ADVANCED WOR (8/7- 8/9): We are postponing the opening of registration for this event until 5/5. We are hopefully that we will be able to retain the originally scheduled dates for this event.
Members of the Facilitator Team are reviewing options for innovative ways to provide WOR/DOR services.
If you are an Alumnus, we encourage you to reach out to other Alumni and consider activating peer-level groups and ways of connecting.
Resources for Survivors During a Time of Physical Distancing
We have added to our website a list of resources for accessing educational and arts activities – Free online books, free online concerts, free aerial tours from the Smithsonian and MORE
In addition, two options for healing resources networks:
MaleSurvivor Chat Rooms
International Marathon Meetings
Consider a Financial Gift to MenHealing
Like most non-profit organizations, MenHealing is anticipating the potential impacts of the unfolding economic crisis. We are committed to managing our financial resources wisely and to insure that financial limitations do not become barriers for any survivor who can benefit from a WOR or DOR event.
A priority for financial gifts we receive now is to grow our Scholarship Fund – we want to be prepared to offer survivors who experience severe financial hardship the additional option of 100% grants, thereby allowing survivors to attend a WOR/DOR for FREE
A one-time or recurring monthly contribution of $5, $10, $25, $50, or greater will be especially welcomed now. All contributions are fully tax deductible.
We welcome YOUR FEEDBACK and any ideas about our work via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director, MenHealing/Weekend of Recovery