It’s Men’s Health Week in Canada and we wanted to take some time to discuss this very important issue. Men’s Health Week started in 2014 and it’s goal is to “educate the public about what can be done to improve the state of men’s health and provide health information to men and their families.” Mental health in particular is an area of concern for men.
- Based on a 2012 study, men account for four out of five deaths by suicide.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that “young and middle-aged men are being hospitalized for schizophrenia in increasing numbers”.
- Men also have higher rates of substance abuse compared to women (6.4% compared to 2.5%).
Many point to the societal expectations for men to be strong, not cry or discuss their feelings as a barrier to reaching out and getting help. Statistically speaking, it has been shown that men are less likely to know how to get help and can be more afraid to ask for help. That’s why awareness events like Men’s Health Week are so important: to get the conversation started.
Does it feel like your stress might be getting out of control?
Try this stress test from HeadsUpGuys to check in with yourself. Stress can negatively impact mental health and it’s important to keep an eye on how much stress is being experienced to maintain physical and mental health.
Are you feeling okay but worried about a man in your life?
Don’t be afraid to talk about it. If you aren’t sure how to get the conversation started, you can check out these tips to guide a productive conversation about your concerns.
Need a little encouragement?
This video from Movember Foundation encourages men to talk about it:
Not sure where to start?
- Try talking to your family doctor about what you are going through.
- Ask a trusted colleague if you have an Employee Assistance Program through your work.
- Find out what counselling support is available to you on campus if you are a student.
Is your need urgent?
Try one of the helplines listed here or report to your local emergency room.
Looking to maintain your mental health?
Book in for an appointment with Wellin5 to be matched with a counselor who can help.
This Men’s Health Week, let’s get talking about what really matters to us and look to improving men’s mental health, together. We have a mission to give people access to exceptional mental health professionals, empowering them to confidently feel better.