On June 13, I hosted an event called Father’s Day on the Hill to raise awareness for men’s mental health. The event focused particularly on the mental health of young men and new fathers.
I co-hosted the event with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and was pleased to see so many Parliamentarians and stakeholders from the national mental health community turn out to support the cause.
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 their 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 wanted to have Father’s Day on the Hill to stamp out the stigma of talking about mental health.
Conversations like these will spark more openness about men’s mental health. Let’s keep the conversation going and remove the stigma from men’s mental health struggles.
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