Vent’s mission is to:
- Provide a safe space where everyone, but especially men and boys can express themselves
- Break down the stigma around mental health
- Start conversations.
Freddie Cocker, Vent Founder and Editor-in-Chief lays out our vision in more detail below:
When I first started Vent, I saw that there was a paucity of platforms available to men and boys where they could talk about their mental health issues, speak openly and feel safe sharing their experiences.
Born out of my own lived mental health experiences, I wanted to create a platform that could help men and boys and and advocate for a positive and aspirational vision for masculinity in society.
My goal for Vent is to create a place where people have an avenue to express their feelings and can live full and rich lives alongside their mental health.
Vent seeks to break down the societal barriers that prevent people from opening up about their mental health issues, if they want to do it. It could be the first, the last or any step in-between on their journey towards acceptance, ownership, tackling the problem and establishing a network of support.
There is no topic around mental health we won’t address if it means we can help someone out there.
If I manage to help one person out there stop themselves from taking their own life or become more accepting of who they are, then I will have achieved what I set out to accomplish.