In HIS Shoes

The Lives of Men Wellness Conference Tackles Mental Health Crisis in Black & Latino Communities

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Jason Rosario: Founder, The Lives of Men (TLoM)

You know I’m totally here for all of the #blackgirlmagic we’re sprinkling across our communities and around the globe, but I honestly can’t help but wonder if our brothers are being left behind. In New York City alone, you could literally attend a Black women’s empowerment event seven days a week if your heart desired. When I look around at the content and experiences being created for men of color, especially in the area of wellness, there’s nothing much to see.

Enter The Lives of Men (TLoM) Wellness Conference produced by Jason Rosario. The conference, designed to address the mental health crisis plaguing Black and Latino communities, will feature panelists from across the health and wellness spectrum, including therapists, peer counselors and nutritionists. Actor and activist Malik Yoba will present the conference’s keynote address. Taking place this Saturday, March 24th, at BKLYN Commons, TLoM was created to serve as a safe space for men of color, who are significantly more at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety than White men. Throughout the day, men will discuss sensitive topics while emphasizing the importance of comprehensive approach to good health, that combines physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellness. Participants will also be able to enjoy a massage or grooming services in the event’s “Zen Room.”

Mr. Yoba commented: “I love the work that The Lives of Men is doing. As a story teller myself, I’m passionate about creating outlets that help empower and uplift our communities broadly and men of color in particular. I’m honored to keynote the conference and get us started with the right mindset!”

“The topic of mental health is rarely, if ever, discussed in communities of color,” said Jason Rosario, founder, The Lives of Men. “The negative stigmas linked to depression and anxiety oftentimes lead men to fight these battles in isolation. Our goal is to provide participants with strategies, resources, and affordable tools to help them develop healthier habits and coping mechanisms.”

The Lives of Men (TLoM) is an integrated media and lifestyle company that chronicles unique stories from the perspective of men of color. We inspire, activate and nurture the development of well-rounded men while serving as a compass to help them navigate their life’s journey. The Lives of Men is creating an inclusive, interactive community that serves the needs of men of color while helping to redefine masculinity within the context of mainstream expectations.

To purchase tickets to The Lives of Men Wellness Conference, click here or visit

For more information about The Lives of Men, visit their website at Follow the movement on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @thelivesofmen.

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

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