Starting January 27th, IMHA will be hosting Chapters & Connections, a global mental health book club that doubles as a men’s group. In a time where distancing from one another is encouraged, IMHA believes in the value and importance of rebuilding missed connections. Chapters & Connections is a safe space where members can express themselves, build relationships, and destress in the spirit of self-care.
Our first book is titled Boys Don’t Cry, a memoir written by Tim Grayburn. This novel explores his experiences with depression and anxiety, and the unique challenges he faces as a cis male with mental illness. Chapter & Connections’ first meeting will be conducted on January 27th, 2021. Sit back, relax, and join us for some fun and meaningful discussions on a multitude of topics that shape our identity and purpose.
Please note, Chapters & Connections is intended as a space to connection, not as therapy. If you are interested in accessing mental health services and are unable to, feel free to reach out to our team and we will do our best to connect you.
Daniel Mango is a social worker and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His professional foci include racial justice, mental health and developing inclusive education systems. Daniel loves basketball, reading and fighting oppression.
As a clinician and educator, Daniel values peer-to-peer connections highly. He approaches facilitation with a collaborative spirit, bringing humor and curiosity to every space he is part of. Looking forward at 2021, Daniel is excited about building a space for men to connect over mental health and related themes through the Chapters & Connections Program.
Riyan is a second year Addiction and Mental Health student, studying at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. He is completing his co-op placement at IMHA and has covered topics ranging from male eating disorders to post-partum depression.
He is extremely excited for his new term here at IMHA, as he has found that each project he works on becomes a part of his life. The men’s book club has reignited his passion for reading, The Blue School has influenced him to start learning html code, and MindMatters has impassioned him to advocate for men’s mental health and expression. A new term at IMHA, means newly uncovered facets in his life-long learning journey.