On June 14, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Niagara 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 Niagara offers a variety of programs and services to assist those 16 years or older with reaching their short and long-term mental health goals. Urgent support is available in person without appointment Monday – Friday from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm. at our office located at 264 Welland Avenue, St. Catharines. Virtual and phone service is still an option. All other locations (Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, and Welland) will remain by appointment at this time. Call CMHA Niagara 905-641-5222 Monday – Friday 8:30 am-5:30 pm.
To show support for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day, everyone is encouraged to participate by using the #MensMHday hashtag on social media.