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In May we had Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada and Mental Health Awareness Month in the US. But did you know that there is a day in June that has been proclaimed to be Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day?
June 12-18 2017 is Canadian Men’s Health Week, and June 13, 2017 is Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This is a newer awareness day that started in 2014, and it is important as part of raising awareness about mental illness and as part of efforts to stop stigma. One barrier to treatment can be the fear of being stigmatized, and mental health awareness campaigns are one way to help open the conversation about mental illnesses, debunk the myths and get the right facts out there.
Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day is held annually on the Tuesday before Father’s Day.
If you are on social media, the official hashtag being used is #MensMHDay and you can find out more about the day on the Men’s Den Canada website.
The idea of “men’s mental health” is a newer concept. The idea of a mental illness equating to weakness seems to be a part of the problem and is one of the many reasons to open and change the conversation.
To understand the significance of this day, and why raising awareness about men’s mental health is important, this Huffington Post article provides insight as to the subgroup of the Canadian population that is considered to be vulnerable: middle-aged men and explains how resources have not been directed at helping this part of the population and how mental health issues in this population have not been traditionally treated the same as in other vulnerable groups.
According to Canadian Mental Health Association, there have been recent studies that have shown that new fathers are susceptible to post-partum depression, statistics show the 4 out of 5 suicides are males and the results of The StatsCan Canadian Community Health Survey on Mental Health and Well-Being showed that 10% of men experienced symptoms of the mental illnesses/substance dependencies being surveyed in comparison to 11% of women.
A person’s life circumstances does not necessarily predict the onset of a mental illness as mental illness does not discriminate when it comes to who will develop one. A mental illness can affect various realms of a person’s life, including the ability to work and perform activities of daily living as it affects functional abilities. A well-known statistic that is used in mental health awareness campaigns is that 1 in 5 Canadians will develop a mental illness in their lifetime. This is why available treatment and encouraging people to get treatment to help with recovery are important, and to let people know that they are not alone.
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