Man Therapy

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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Societal gender roles often dictate that men should suppress emotions to appear “strong” and “manly”. This notion of stigma prevents many men from seeking need mental health support services. 78% of all suicides are working-age men, but 2:3 of men are less likely to seek therapy compared to women.[1] Efforts are being made to make men feel empowered without the fear of stigma and judgment, acknowledging that seeking mental health support is not a sign of weakness, but an act of courage and strength.

Man Therapy

Man Therapy uses a comprehensive upstream approach to men’s mental health. The goal of Man Therapy is to “bust through the stigma, increase help-seeking behavior and reduce suicide among working-age men.” [1] The campaign uses humor to meet men where they are regarding their mental well-being. Man Therapy first began as a suicide prevention campaign that has grown into a men’s mental health campaign. The initiative uses prevention tactics to support all men before they are in a stage of crisis and reminds men that “taking care of their mental health is the manliest thing a man can do.”[2]

The campaign uses a created persona named “Dr. Rich Mahogany,” who is a “man therapist.” The campaign created a free evidence-based screening tool called the “18-PT Head Inspection.” The five-minute inspection offers personal insight into depression, anger, substance abuse and anxiety, which can help men understand how their mental health status is impacting their lives.

The website offers a Provider Directory of professionals who specialize in men’s issues. The directory helps individuals find support resources based on the state in which they are seeking care, their preferred language of service, the types of visits (in-person and virtual) and their desired payment methods.

The campaign also provides Nationwide Resource Hub with offers resources and tools from organizations across the country. Not only does the campaign provide mental health resources for men, but it also offers resources for individuals who are worried about a man in their life who they believe is experiencing mental health issues and needs support.

As Dr. Mahogany said, seeking support is not unmanly but allows you to get the mental health support needed to be the best man you can be. Centennial’s behavioral health specialists are trained to support men’s mental well-being through client-centric, evidence-based approaches. Please visit the Center’s website or contact your local Centennial office to learn more about the services offered.

[1] “About Man Therapy; Difficult Problems Require Bold Solutions”, Man Therapy,

[2] “About Man Therapy; Difficult Problems Require Bold Solutions”, Man Therapy,

[1] “About Man Therapy; Difficult Problems Require Bold Solutions”, Man Therapy,

How Gardening Can Benefit Mental Well-Being

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Gardening can have beneficial results on both physical and mental health. Spending time in nature can decrease levels of stress. Stress stimulates our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for increasing our blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar in order to react to a stimulus that is causing us stress.” [1] While stress can be helpful, high levels of stress and feeling constantly stressed can decrease emotional and mental well-being. Immersing yourself in nature, even only for five minutes, can help lower stress and regulate the nervous system. [2] The physical activity involved in the garden can also release endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce stress levels.

Regular gardening has also been shown to enhance overall life quality, sense of community and life satisfaction. Studies also show that gardening results in various mental health outcomes, including reductions in depression and anxiety.[3]

Fort Morgan Community Garden


The Adopt-A-Box program encourages community organizations and entities to participate in the garden. Agencies in the community can Adopt-A-Box at Centennial’s Fort Morgan Community Garden, where they can grow nutritious food and maintain their box. Members can take the fruit and vegetables they grow home or donate them to the community. Centennial’s Garden represents collaborative partnerships and sustainability and fosters resilience. To learn more about being involved in the Adopt-A-Box initiative, call 970-867-4924.

Centennial’s Community Garden in Fort Morgan serves as a meeting space, educational environment and therapeutic haven for individuals with behavioral health needs and community members. The garden provides opportunities to learn about gardening, social engagement, physical activities and healthy habits.

The raised garden beds provide hands-on enrichment activities such as building and maintaining a garden, as well as growing and harvesting a wide variety of nutritious and culturally relevant foods. The garden also provides the opportunity to make healthy lifestyle choices and increase self-sufficiency.

The garden offers an accessible source of fresh produce for community members, as access to healthy food can be limited in the area. The garden provides opportunities for members to increase their consumption of nutritious, fresh produce. Community members can take the produce they grow or donate it to other members of the community.


[1] Sara Youngblood Gregory, “The mental health benefits of nature: Spending time outdoors to refresh your mind.” Mayo Clinic Press, March 4, 2024, The mental health benefits of nature: Spending time outdoors to refresh your mind – Mayo Clinic Press

[2] Sara Youngblood Gregory, “The mental health benefits of nature: Spending time outdoors to refresh your mind.” Mayo Clinic Press, March 4, 2024 The mental health benefits of nature: Spending time outdoors to refresh your mind – Mayo Clinic Press

[3] Masashi Soga, Kevin J Gaston, Yuichi Yamaura, “Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis.” National Library of Medicine, March, 2017, Gardening is beneficial for health: A meta-analysis – PubMed (

Pride Month

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Reflect. Empower. Unite.

Pride Month encompasses a celebration of identity and love beyond the visible festivities and colorful rainbows. It is a month dedicated to the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual + pride.

Pride Month began after the Stonewall Riots, a series of riots for gay liberation that took place over several days beginning on June 28, 1969.[1] The following year, the first pride marches were held in several U.S. cities. Since then, Pride has been celebrated in various ways.

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This year’s Pride theme is “Reflect. Empower. Unite,” which encourages individuals, advocates, community leaders and allies to reflect on the challenges they have overcome and empowers them to take action in shaping the collective future.

Resources for Seeking Support

Centennial Mental Health Center values diversity and individuality. Our professionals are trained to provide LGBTQ+ individuals with the necessary support to help them improve their mental well-being. Visit the Centennial website to learn more about the Center’s services.

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ+ individuals. The organization has crisis counselors available 24/7 from anywhere in the U.S. for LGBTQ+ individuals confidentially via text, chat, or phone. 

OneColorado works to build a brighter future for LGBTQ+ Coloradans and their families by advancing equity and freedom through state policy, advocacy, health care, and education. They offer resources that provide information about advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals.

[1] Tyler Christensen, “The First Pride Was a Riot: The Origins of Pride Month.” American University Washington, DC, 2022 The First Pride Was a Riot: The Origins of Pride Month | American University, Washington, DC