Better Serving Men.
Men are difficult to reach, less likely to seek resources, and more likely to have violence, substance use, and anger/emotional regulation issues. Men deserve better. LIFT the Mind uses science, media, and inspiration to provide workshops, lectures, and trainings to men and those who work with men.
Possible topics for workshops, lectures, or trainings:
Sexual Assault Prevention
Suicide and Mental Health Awareness
Substance Use Education
Men's Engagement and Marketing to Men
Improving Help/Resource-Seeking Behavior
Healthy and Authentic Masculinity
Men's Health and Well-Being
We work from a framework grounded in the scientific literature, then custom-tailor presentations, programming, or interventions to meet specific group needs. Our intervention model - the LIFT Program® - was developed from theory and research in psychology and men and masculinities studies.
Types of services may include:
Keynote presentation (< 75 minutes) on topics related to men's health/well-being, masculinity, research and theory on the psychology of men and masculinities, motivation, happiness, and/or improving interventions, treatment, programming, and outreach to men.
The LIFT Program® (1-2 hour session) including a multi-media-infused presentation and discussions on men's health, well-being, and masculinities. Designed for either: a.) those who work with men or b.) groups of men.
Customized training, workshops, or research and development (flexible). Whether it's improving marketing and outreach to men, program participation, treatment adherence, or something else, we can help. We design customized consulting services grounded in the belief that the best plans for improving the lives of men are founded in research, inspiration, and measurable outcomes.
Contact us directly (below) to schedule a program and/or discuss options for speaking or training.
Watch the video for more on our philosophy for improving how we work with men.
Zachary Gerdes, Ph.D. candidate, is the founder LIFT the Mind. He uses psychological research, multi-media, and pop culture to educate and entertain men and women on masculinity, health, and well-being. He has worked with universities, high schools, fraternities, athletes, community organizations, hospitals, veterans, first-responders, forensic populations, and others. He publishes and presents research on men's health and well-being. He has 10 research articles and chapters published or in press. He has five other articles in preparation or under review and his first book underway. He has presented research and workshops across the U.S. for over a decade.
LIFT the Mind consists of a quality team of professionals available for programming, consultation, and other services.
More about Zach's work specifically is at his personal website.
"This is the best program my athletes have ever had that ties in masculinity, mental health, substance use, and sexual assault prevention. Every team in the nation should experience the LIFT program.”
- Division I Collegiate Football Coach and former ABC Sports Broadcaster