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Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

April 11 from 12 - 1 PM

April 25 from 12 - 1 PM

May 16 from 12 - 1 PM

May 30 from 12 - 1 PM

Viking Union, 567

Grab your lunch and join students, staff, and faculty in an open dialogue around resilience and masculinities. All are welcome! For more information, go to our Facebook page. 

Casting for Care 

May 12 - All Day

Casting for Care is a program created in collaboration with Men’s Resiliency, WWU Fly Fishing Club, and the Outdoor Center hosted on May 12th. Casting for Care combines reflection on male-identity in order to foster positive mentorship and healthier relationships. The purpose of combining these exercises is to help students learn to strengthen their connections amongst peers. The program encourages male – identified WWU students and staff to come together to engage in self-work while enjoying the great Pacific North West.

“We knew last year’s event would be a success because it was such a creative approach to programming. The participants were extremely engaged and really benefitted from the program. Teaching students how to fly fish was an opportunity for them to connect with one another off campus.” said Ian Vincent, Men’s Resiliency Specialist.   

“We gained tools to unwind after a stressful day, work through a difficult breakup, piece together broken relationships, and become mentors to their peers. Tools we all have in the recesses of our mental banks that have become dull, dusty relics waiting for their craftsman to clean, sharpen, and wield. Casting for Care is simply an opportunity for such tender loving care.” said Colton Gully, WWU Fly Fishing Club president.

Due to limited space, registration is required and will remain open until the pre-trip meeting on May 9th at 6 PM in the Outdoor Center, unless full. Participants can register for the program at the Outdoor Center front desk in Viking Union 150.

After the event, participants will also have the opportunity to meet with Western Washington University’s Libraries Special Collection staff to learn about Western’s Fly Fishing Collection. The purpose of the collection is to collect, preserve, and provide access to diverse materials supporting study of the sport of fly fishing.

The collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, photographs, artworks, audio and video personal interviews and histories, and fly fishing artifacts such as rods, reels, flies, and fly tying materials. At the heart of The Fly Fishing Collection is the Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection of books, periodicals, art, and artifacts generously donated and endowed by Paul and Mary Ann Ford. The focus of the Ford collection is American fly fishing depicted in fine editions of American works of literature and art. You can learn more about Fly Fishing Collection.

We thank Western Washington University Libraries, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Postfly, The Confluence Fly Shop for supporting our efforts.

Fishing experience is not required, however participants will need to obtain a Washington State Fishing license. A single day Washington State fishing license can be provided to you through the WWU Fly Fishing Club. Fly fishing equipment will be provided for you by the Men’s Resiliency program.

For any questions or further information about the program, please contact Ian.Vincent@wwu.edu. For questions or disability accommodations, please contact as.oc.excursions.coord@wwu.edu or call 360-650-7677.

Other Events From The Year

The Healthy Minds Fair

The Healthy Minds Fair is an annual event held during fall quarter that is designed to support students by providing resources and encouraging conversation about stigma, community, and healthy approaches to mental health issues. The fair offers many activities, such as a relaxation station with massage therapists, time with therapy dogs, and self-care projects, such as coloring and bracelet-making. The Healthy Minds Fair also offers tabling opportunities to many organizations, both on and off campus, that provide information and resources regarding various areas of mental health.


During the month of November, Men’s Resiliency partners with the Western Suicide Prevention Program to organize a series of events that aim to raise awareness in support of men’s mental health. One way that individuals raise awareness nationwide is by growing facial hair or wearing fake mustaches and beards throughout the month of November. The events throughout Movember are designed to encourage students to address men’s issues and reduce stigma attached to male stereotypes. The Healthy Minds Fair and The Walk of Hope are two signature events to address mental health. 

The Walk of Hope

The Walk of Hope is a suicide awareness event, sponsored by To Write Love on Her Arms, Men's Resiliency, and the Suicide Prevention Program. During the event, the goal is to create a space for the community to discuss suicide prevention, awareness, and stigma. The evening includes a time for students and faculty to share how suicide has personally affected their lives. The event ends with a candlelit walk around campus in honor of those who have lost their lives to suicide. The Walk of Hope is a moving visual of the power of community and the importance of hope as the fight against suicide through prevention, awareness, and conversation continues. For more information, watch "Cause Blog Walk of Hope."

Past Guest Speakers

Keith Edwards

Keith Edwards, PhD, will deliver his presentation, “Ending Rape,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.22 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall at Western Washington University. This event is free and open to the public.

This nationally recognized, award winning, and research proven presentation motivates men to be active in efforts to end rape on campus and offers specific strategies and practices all of us can engage in order to change the culture around rape on campus.This presentation helps men identify what they have to gain from ending campus rape, empowers all college students to see the messages all around us that foster a rape culture on campus and in society at large, and challenges us to confront and intervene in the rape culture.Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concepts of consent and the mis-education that our culture socializes us into around hooking up and having sex. Strategies are offered that will allow participants to play a part in ending rape according to their own comfort levels. 

Clayton Raithel

SMILE is an autobiographical one-man show about major clinical depression, suicidal ideation, and the loss of first love. But, it's really funny. We promise.

Told by Clayton Raithel, a NYC-based comedian, registered nurse, and mental health advocate who has given TEDx Talks to thousands on the therapeutic benefits of comedy, SMILE is the story of Clayton's graduation from college, when, for the first time ever, things just aren't going his way: his girlfriend dumps him, he can't stop puking and crying everywhere, and he's losing interest in everything in life. He's clinically depressed, and it's hilarious! Tackling head-on the scary but vital conversation about depression that college campuses need to have with humor, candor, and vulnerability, SMILE is a perfect blend of entertainment and mental health programming for young people. The show also includes a facilitated discussion on mental health with the students in attendance, led by Clayton. Learn more about Clayton. 

G Yamazawa 

National Poetry Slam Champion. Cultural Diplomat for the Department of State. Kundiman Fellow, Team Backpack certified. G YAMAZAWA has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, PBS, and has toured over 200 universities both domestic and internationally. With notable performances at the Sundance Film Festival and the Pentagon, G continues to challenge the American perspective of race & culture, poetry & rap, and the phenomena of the human condition. Learn more about G. 

Carlos Gomez

Masculinity is at a crisis point: widespread sexual assault, gun violence, hazing, and bullying have become unwelcome but all too visible incidents on college campuses across the country. Even in a society seemingly moving towards a more socially progressive norm, the state of modern manhood seems as stagnant as ever. Carlos Andrés Gómez wants to change this. With a dynamic speaking experience that incorporates spoken word, improv, and personal narrative, Gómez gives young men permission to be the civic leaders and powerful role models their campuses and our world truly need. Gómez will challenge young men to rethink how they interact with women, deal with violence, handle fear, and express emotion. Called a "truth-telling visionary" and a "lyrical prophet," Gómez's words offer audience members, across the gender spectrum, a truly unique, inspiring, and accessible invitation for each of them to become their fullest, best, most authentic selves. Learn more about Carlos. 

Eric Hipple

Eric Hipple is a former NFL quarterback who spent ten-years with the Detroit Lions. Hipple’s accomplishments include two playoff bids, a divisional championship, and the Detroit Lion’s most valuable player award for the ‘81 season. He is currently ranked sixth in career passing yards for Detroit. From 1995-2000, Hipple was a color analyst for the FOX NFL pregame show in Detroit. Since his 15-year-old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. Hipple recently received the prestigious University of Michigan 2015 Neubacher Award for his work with stigmas associated with disabilities. He has also received the Detroit Lions 2010 Courage House Award and the prestigious 2008 Life Saver Achievement Award given by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He co-authored a study examining depression among retired football players. The study appeared in the April 2007 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. He was awarded a presidential citation at the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Annual Convention for his six years of national community-based work combating adolescent depression and suicide prevention. His message of resilience has provided mental fitness awareness to professional groups, military, law enforcement, schools, communities and through the “Under the Helmet” program, thousands of high schools and youth coaches across the country. In conjunction with NAVY's U.S. Fleet Forces, he has provided workshops on suicide and destructive behavior prevention during the last 6 years by focusing on  Mental Fitness. His book, Real Men Do Cry, received a publisher Presidential Award. After retiring from University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, where he spent the last eleven years in outreach, Hipple has been serving as the Outreach Specialist for Eisenhower Center's “After the Impact” program, a neuro-cognitive behavioral residential treatment facility serving military veterans and former NFL players. Eric's commitment to helping others find a quality in life is demonstrated through work with Living Life On The Offense, LLC program and a school based education program sponsored by MIRA (Mental Illness Research Association). Learn more about Eric Hipple.