STATEMENT: First Responder’s Mental Health Awareness Focus of 6th Annual Father’s Day on Parliament Hill Event

JUNE 12, 2023

OTTAWA, ON – Father’s Day on the Hill, an annual event that raises awareness about men’s mental health, will celebrate its sixth year on June 14. The event will once again focus on the importance of stamping out the stigma around men talking about their personal mental health.

Father’s Day on the Hill was founded by Member of Parliament Matt Jeneroux and is co-hosted by Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari and Member of Parliament Gord Johns.

“Over the past six years, we’ve watched not only this event grow, but also the national conversation around men’s mental health” says Member of Parliament, Matt Jeneroux. “Every year I am touched by the different perspectives and experiences of everyone sharing their stories to truly raise awareness that men don’t have to suffer in silence.”

The event will feature special guest speaker, Acting Platoon Chief Stephen Jones, a firefighter and first responder with the Burlington Fire Department.

“At best, the cost of silence is isolation, even in the company of other people who would willingly offer their support. At worst, that silence can cost a life,” Michel Rodrigue, president and CEO of Mental Health Commission of Canada. “It’s time for all men to embrace the discomfort, break through the masculine ideals, and leave nothing off the table, these conversations help end that silence.”

The non-partisan event is sponsored by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Media are invited to attend the event being held on Wednesday, June 14 at 12:00pm in the Speaker’s Dining Room, Room 233-S, West Block.


For more information or to schedule an interview:
Office of Matt Jeneroux
Member of Parliament for Edmonton Riverbend