On June 14, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario joins organizations across Canada in recognizing Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This annual event aims to normalize conversations about mental health issues and reduce the stigma that often prevents men from seeking help.
A 2021 survey conducted by Movember and Ipsos showed that Canadian men are more likely to speak out about their physical health than about their mental health, with 84 per cent noting they would be comfortable discussing their physical health with friends and family and only 70 percent noting they’d be comfortable speaking about their mental health.
As with most of the population, Canadian men report the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on their mental health, with 66 per cent having experienced mental health challenges since it began.
CMHA recognizes that societal pressures and stigma may make it difficult for men to seek help for their mental health and addictions issues. CMHA works daily to educate and empower Ontarians in order to overcome this stigma and maintain psychological wellness:
- CMHA’s Resilient Minds™ program is dedicated to building resilient fire teams and services – to equip fire fighters with the skills and resources to grow and maintain psychological wellness. Thanks to a grant by Movember, CMHA is offering a special discounted rate for our two services – Train-The-Trainer workshop & Resilient MindsTM course. Learn more here.
- CMHA’s Talk Today program provides an important opportunity to address the mental health needs of young athletes across the province and across Canada. This program has become a valuable platform for CMHA branches, teams and individual players to encourage open discussion about mental health within the sports community and the broader public.
If you are struggling or looking for support, CMHA’s BounceBack program remains an effective option to deal with worry or stress. BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program for people aged 15 and up. You can learn more at bouncebackontario.ca.
To show support for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day, everyone is encouraged to participate by using the #MensMHday hashtag on social media.