We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Tony, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The passing of my son 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Memories of us is formed around life experience after going through the many stages of my own grief and eventually my attempt at suicide I found a link in trauma and how and how our bodies are naturally designed to deal with it and how it related to our community in its many manifested forms such as mental health , addiction , homelessness , and family there were not many resources for men as if we didnt matter I wanted to change that but also provide resources for the whole community…Memories of us is just a portion of the whole when we think of trauma my goal was to partner with other organizations to provide other support groups that related to the individual but with facilitators with lived experience such as mens/womens mental health , homelessness ,veterans support , addiction, sex trafficking ,survivors of suicide ,financial education and support ,and a variety of therapy options ranging from dance , music , equine ,art therapy ,as well as yoga and meditation as our view is the person as a whole as well as the community as a whole when you think about healing also education,not only that but to put us in one location to make it convenient for the people in our community to get that much needed support (meeting them where they are) yes we have had many challenges building the groups or in my case getting men to open up…we have had great many successes far as the people we have been able to help as we grow Im excited to be able to duplicate what we are doing in other communities

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This a difficult question for as I dont have very many friends the ones I do have we enjoy the simple things in life hiking ,mini golfing, eating at places like applebees or fishing…for me its exciting to meet people at museums or the random stories…but would love to go to Europe and learn different cultures and their aporoach to grief

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My son, mother, father, little brother they have passed away and in the midst of all of that I found purpose

Website: Memories2.org
Instagram: Memories4.us
Linkedin: Tony lynch
Facebook: Memories of us…grief support for men
Youtube: Memories of us podcast
Other: Memoriesofuspodcast.transistor.fm Which is our podcast where you can hear stories of men that have gone through their own trauma and found their strength

Image Credits
Alliance of suicide prevetion Starfish ministries A womens circle Indigo lotus Flti New eyes village 137 communitt kitchen Unified workforce

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