The vision for THE REAL is to build a community to support and foster the mental health and well being of men across the globe. We intend to do this by questioning societal narratives, providing space for expression, and encouraging peers to be seen authentically amongst each other. By helping men to heal we hope to extend the impact to their children, families, and beyond.
The first Real Talk was given on June 6, 2023 in Chicago, where founder Shawn shared his story of struggle with anxiety and depression in a TED-like style to a room of successful business men. This talk was met with such enthusiasm that he rolled it out to 10 more cities, and now we want to expand our reach by booking talks in 100 cities worldwide.
The Real Community started out as Founder Shawn and his mental health sponsor Brent taking daily walks and talking through the pain. This created a model for peer-to-peer help that we offered to the first 300 members and now want to roll out to 10,000 more members.
The Real Contributions Is based on founder Shawn’s previous experience creating ecosystems. We are going to extend the model to the nascent Mental Health ecosystem by creating 3 research reports to identify the best innovators and funders in the space, and to re-grant a portion of funds to underserved not-for-profits.
Founder & CEO, Diamond Wealth • TIGER 21 Chair
“THE REAL resonated with not some of the people, this resonated with every person at the event. We never had more engagement with speakers.”
Founder, The Company of Dads
“Shawn uses his friendships & humor to draw audiences into a very serious and important conversation around men’s mental health.”
Founder & CEO, Soul Physio
“Our community is a place where support turns into friendship, where sponsors and members walk together, proving the power of peer-to-peer healing.”
“Just as Shawn pioneered Impact Investing, The Real Capital is trailblazing in the Mental Health ecosystem, supporting innovation and underserved not-for-profits.”
“Donors are the heartbeats of The Real Mental Health Foundation, breathing life into the mission to heal hearts and minds, I'm proud to be one.”
Executive Director, Coaches Vs. Racism
Anyone that has the courage to tackle mental health in any capacity, deserves the game ball. Here, our friends at The Real Foundation, deserve that BALL!
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