Are you a man who has lived through depression, addiction, trauma, divorce or other overwhelming life challenges? Or do you know and love one? Would you benefit from the lessons learned by other men in similar situations?
The good news is, you’ve come to the right place.
We have gathered stories written by men about men’s mental health and resilience. From our market research we learned that men really want to hear stories from other men about the struggles they have faced and how they have overcome them and also to find tools they can use that have been shown to work.
We chose, as a format, the automobile owner’s manual, for three reasons. One, our hope that it would be a format that men would recognize, and be comfortable picking up and thumbing through, two, that there are a surprising number of automobile metaphors that apply when one is discussing mental health, and three, due to it’s size and shape, it will fit comfortably on the back of the toilet tank, a spot where men would find themselves alone (one would hope), would feel comfortable picking it, and reading it.
Each story is roughly 1,500 words, and can easily be read in one…er…sitting.
OVERVIEW — Four Part Series of Guts, Grit & The Grind
Book 1: The Basics
Chapter 1: Preventative Maintenance
Chapter 2: Troubleshooting
Chapter 3: Breakdown, Repair & Overhaul
Book 2: Advanced Preventative Maintenance
Chapter 1: Find Your “Classic Car Club” Community
Chapter 2: Family is Your Pit Crew
Chapter 3: Friends Refuel Us
Chapter 4: Tune Up with Total Wellness
Chapter 5: Making Meaning and Zen Motorcycle Maintenance
Book 3: Advanced Troubleshooting
Chapter 1: Overheating with Conflict and Anger
Chapter 2: Lifting the Hood on Health Problems
Chapter 3: Beyond the Backseat of Intimacy Challenges
Chapter 4: The Rearview Mirror of Grief
Chapter 5: Lacking Horsepower When Money Problems Hit
Book 4: Breakdown, Repair and Overhaul
Chapter 1: Crash into You — Divorce or Domestic Violence
Chapter 2: Spinning Out of Control with Substance Use Disorders
Chapter 3: Time to Call the Tow Truck — Reaching Out When You Breakdown
Chapter 4: When Trauma Runs You Off the Road
Chapter 5: Suicide — A Complete System Breakdown
A Social Enterprise
A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit the United Suicide Survivors International, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps lift up the voices of people who have lived through personal experiences with suicide. www.UniteSurvivors.org