I started Father’s Day on the Hill: Conversations About Mental Health in 2018 to raise awareness for men’s mental health, particularly the mental health of young men and fathers. In my role as a Parliamentarian, I feel it’s important to share my voice to help stamp out the stigma of talking about mental health.
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 discuss 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. However, men are not screened for postpartum depression like new mothers are.
Our inaugural event was held on Parliament Hill in June 2018 with the support of all three major political parties and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. The event attracted several stakeholders from the mental health community and helped spark conversations and openness about men’s mental health.
This year, the Parliament Hill event will happen in the new West Block (new House of Commons Building) on the week leading up to Father’s Day.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Parliament Hill Ottawa, ON
I hope you can join me as we keep the conversation going and remove the stigma from men’s mental health struggles.
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