|For Immediate Release||Jennifer Erickson
Director of Marketing & Communications
Harry’s Invests $200k in Men’s Behavioral Health
Leading Men’s Care Brand Partners with MindWise Innovations to Support the Growing Need for Men’s Mental Health and Substance Misuse Resources
|Dedham, MA, May 5, 2020 – MindWise Innovations – a program of Riverside Community Care that provides behavioral health services and suicide prevention – announced today that men’s care company Harry’s has committed $200,000 to the MindWise Screening Program. This will help connect more than 100,000 men with mental health and substance use screening tools in 2020, which is especially critical during the COVID-19 crisis.
Harry’s dedicates 1% of annual sales toward their social mission of promoting better mental healthcare for men – and specifically to helping 500,000 men by 2021. The MindWise Screening program uses an online platform to increase prevention through early identification of mental health and substance use issues – a crucial need for men, who even during less fraught times are less likely to seek support and yet more likely to die by suicide. With the goal of fostering psychological safety and cultural change, the program helps organizations prioritize awareness efforts, while maximizing existing investments in employee wellness.
With 16 million screens taken to date, MindWise offers short, anonymous, online questionnaires for behavioral health disorders such as anxiety, depression, opioid misuse, and more. The program also connects users to local treatment options and delivers in-depth reporting – leading to improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.
“The isolation and anxiety of COVID-19 highlight the growing need for more mental health and substance misuse resources,” said MindWise Senior Vice President Bryan Kohl. “We are firmly committed to providing organizations like Harry’s with a platform to support the behavioral health of both their employees and customers globally – something that’s now more important than ever.”
“More than ever, people need easy access to mental health resources. What we’re learning over and over again is that for men in particular, the barrier of entry for better mental health is understanding where to get help,” said Harry’s Head of Social Impact Maggie Hureau. “Through our partnership with MindWise, we’re able to support over a hundred thousand men get access to the resources they need by emphasizing the first critical step: a trusted anonymous screening. We are truly appreciative of MindWise’s partnership knowing mental health is so important right now.”
If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text ACT to 741741.
MindWise Innovations provides organizations with the expertise to promote the well-being their community members deserve. Powered by the behavioral health professionals at Riverside Community Care, we equip schools, colleges, workplaces, and communities with digital tools, services, and trainings that address mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention.
We founded Harry’s because buying shaving supplies was a really bad customer experience, and the products themselves were overpriced and over-designed.
We saw an opportunity to build a brand that’s more relatable, more thoughtful, and more real than the others on the market. Since taking on shaving, we’ve begun to address the same challenge across other categories in men’s care, including body and hair.
Our goal at Harry’s is to always put our customers first, which means being readily available however and wherever they want to shop – whether that’s Harrys.com, mass retail, or one of our specialty partners – and giving to organizations that promote better mental health care for men. We set aside 1% of our sales to donate to charitable organizations that share our ambition to bring quality mental health care to men everywhere, committing to give $5 million to help 500,000 men by 2021.
We built Harry’s as a brand for all men. At the heart of our mission is a belief in creating things people like more.