On June 13, 2018, I will be hosting my Father’s Day on the Hill in Ottawa. This event focuses on men’s mental health, with a particular emphasis on the mental health of young men and new fathers.
While we’ve been progressing well in talking about mental health as a society, men’s mental health is an area that still needs more emphasis.
In Canada, 80 per cent of people who die by suicide are men. Although they experience mental illness at roughly the same rate as women, men are less likely to talk about mental health struggles largely because of societal expectations. New fathers are also susceptible to parental postpartum depression; about 25 per cent of men experienced these feelings within six months of their child’s birth, but are not screened for postpartum depression like new mothers are.
I’m hopeful this type of event will spark a conversation about men’s mental health. We want to demonstrate that it’s okay for men to open up about depression and anxiety. I’m co-hosting the event with with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and we’ve lined up some great speakers who have personally experienced mental health struggles and are strong advocates for change.
This event will take place in Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Let’s keep the conversation going and remove the stigma from men’s mental health struggles.