A CALL TO MEN educates men and boys all over the world on healthy, respectful manhood to prevent all forms of violence and discrimination against all women and girls. Through Jonesboro State Bank's partnership, A CALL TO MEN is bringing its training to the North Louisiana region. The organization trained Grambling University’s 120 male athletes on healthy manhood and violence prevention. The training is a version of what the organization provides to NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS athletes.
Athletics is one of the most hyper-masculine subcultures in our society. The teachings of the Man Box dominate, laying the foundation for violence and discrimination against women and girls to persist, shortening men’s life spans, and increasing men’s suicide rate. This indoctrination leaves athletes at an increased risk for mental health issues. The stigma around asking for help is amplified in this subculture. Because stigma pressures players into hiding their struggles, many turn to alcohol and drugs to self-medicate. Additionally, violence can stem from the emotional suppression. The Grambling athletes will gain understanding of how some aspects of male socialization increase their risk for mental health issues. The training positions healthy manhood as the solution – not only for improved mental and physical health for men, but also as a strategy to prevent violence in their lives and communities.
The Grambling University training is part of a larger regional Pledge 10 investment by Jonesboro State Bank to bring the work of A CALL TO MEN – and a message of healthy manhood – to North Louisiana. A CALL TO MEN will also work with other area colleges, middle and high schools, and community organizations to infuse its training into their programming and help establish a culture of respect, equity, and value for all.
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