John Eldredge is the author of Wild at Heart, President of Wild at Heart Ministries, and a spiritual mentor to countless men.
Men are experiencing a mental health crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. Consider this: men die by suicide 3.56x more often than women. Annually, more than 6 million men in the U.S. experience symptoms of depression and more than 3 million experience an anxiety disorder. Early studies indicate that men’s already high numbers are even higher across all fronts as the world enters its second year of the pandemic -- suicide, anxiety and depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and domestic violence.
“The unique nature of the masculine soul has made the last 14 months especially hard for men,” says John Eldredge, who has devoted his career as a counselor and author to fathering and mentoring men. “The anxiety, depression and suicide make sense when you understand how deeply men need to feel competent; we need to feel we can fix the things that are broken in our lives and communities. But instead of calling on men’s strength, we’ve told them to do the most emasculating thing of all -- go home, stay home, do nothing. This isn’t the only reason for the crisis, but it is core to understanding it.”
And though a woman’s need for social connection and relationship is often considered greater than their male counterpart’s, Eldredge argues that the loss of traditional male-to-male support systems due to the pandemic plays a major role in the loss of heart and mental health in men today.
“Men have lost the natural connection points that bring them into community with other men -- game nights, backyard cookouts, meeting at the gym. The isolation brought on by the pandemic is devastating. We’ve got to get men back together, and soon.”
In response to men’s dire needs, Eldredge and his team at Wild at Heart have developed new resources to bring men the hope they need. The first is the Wild at Heart, Expanded Edition (released in March of 2021), which features an updated introduction and answers to Eldredge’s most frequently asked questions about the bestselling title that has sold more than five million copies and launched a movement of freedom for men around the world.
The second is The Wild at Heart Experience, a six-week program designed to bring men together and to help them recover hope. Featuring a new film series based on the popular message of Wild at Heart, men can participate in The Experience by joining groups, hosting groups, or participating online as part of the Wild at Heart community.
You can find Wild at Heart, Expanded Edition here!
Participate in the Wild at Heart Experience, here!