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Golf event to raise awareness for men's mental health

Pharos-Tribune - 6/8/2024

The Cass County Mental Health Initiative will host its first ever event Saturday morning to bring awareness to men’s mental health.

“Teeing Off the Stigma” is an individual open play golf tournament at the Logansport Golf Club, 20 Cedar Island Dr.

Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m. and golf begins at 9 a.m. Cost is $50 per golfer with all funds raised going to a future scholarship to help those who want to attend a trade school.

Mental Health America reported that, while women are more likely to attempt suicide, men were four times as likely to complete suicide and the number was higher among men age 85 and up.

Three of the women behind the event have experienced losses from suicide.

Angela DiDomenico, who lost her son to suicide, said that in the four years since her son has been gone, suicide numbers, especially among men, have increased.

She felt events raising awareness about mental health needed to rise alongside the numbers.

“There is nothing for men’s mental health awareness,” said Kailei Jarvis, who lost her daughter. “A lot of people didn’t know there was a mental health awareness month.”

“Why men’s mental health is so important to us is that we have to break the thought process that men have to have this tough exterior and they can’t feel,” said Alisha Byers. “For so long that’s just how it’s been. We teach our boys at a young age that they aren’t supposed to cry. They aren’t supposed to have these feelings and if they do, they just have to learn how to deal with it.”

Byers lost her brother to suicide seven years ago. Since then she has experienced even more losses, mostly men.

There will be mental health resources available onsite for those who have questions or want to learn more.

The golfers with the three highest scores will be eligible to choose from three prize options that included a Luminary Lines engraving, a Thread Werks hat and Black Dog Coffee Bundle and golfing gear from Golf Addict. The top three golfers will also receive a gift basket designed by Joyce Shafer.

“It’s beautiful that we have taken the tragedies in our life and taken the pain and made a purpose,” said Jarvis. “We can help raise awareness so other people don’t have to join the unfortunate club that we are in.”

“I want people to realize they are not less than because they have something going on,” said DiDomenico.

Those who have questions about the event or would like to be involved in future events, can email the group at casscountymenmentalhealth@gmail.com.

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