Whiskey 6 is a men’s social movement. An intimate space where 6 men gather at a round table to enjoy a conversation over whiskey and speak openly and vulnerably about the challenges they are facing. A moment where men can ask genuine questions and seek honest conversations and answers. A space where vulnerability is encouraged and met with respect, trust and support.
Whiskey 6 challenges the societal norms of masculinity. Men are constantly being confronted with messages to ‘be strong’, ‘keep it together’, and ‘man up'. Seldom encouraged to be vulnerable and speak openly about their struggles. It’s time to challenge this perception and shift the narrative. Whiskey 6 facilitates meaningful conversations between men, helping them to realize they don’t have to deal with challenges alone. This is realized by the individual recognizing that someone else is dealing in fears and struggles similar to their own. It all starts with a conversation and a connection.
To connect, support and help men find solid footing through life so that men build themselves into better men. Stronger men. Healthier men.
Our goal is for every man that is struggling in his life be bold and daring enough to attend/be invited to a Whiskey 6 conversation and continue the conversation with other men, so that all men are connected and supported. We want to usher in a positive conversation to replace the longstanding, detrimental silence and collectively find solutions and tools for men to live happier and healthier lives.
After every Whiskey 6 conversation, the attendees are challenged to reconnect with their Whiskey 6 group after a few weeks to follow-up and within 30 - 60 days host their own conversation or invite someone to a W6 event.
Stats & Facts
Men make up over 78% of suicide victims in the United States, with one man killing himself every 20 minutes. The rate of suicide is highest in middle-age white men in particular.
It often starts in childhood. We tell boys that 'boys don't cry'. We condition boys from a very young age to not express emotion, because to express emotion is to be 'weak'.
Men are brought up their entire lives to judge themselves in comparison with their peers and to be economically successful.
We must bring vulnerability, as a core principle of emotional strength, into the framework of masculinity so that men are able to express themselves and seek the support and help they need.
“I don’t want another man to feel like I did, fearful and alone.”
RYAN L. COOPER | Founder
Whiskey comes from the Gaelic word uisce/uisge which means water. In Latin, distilled alcohol is “aqua vitae’/water of life. There is an art to drinking whiskey such as it is an art to fine conversation.
The number 6 is regarded as a perfect number, as it is the sum of all of its divisors. In the Bible, it is related to man and his imperfections and shortcomings. The number 6 is also a large enough group to provide variety of life experiences while still remaining intimate.