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May Is National Mental Health Month in Canada

mental healthMay 7 is National Mental Health Day in Canada. This is what statistics say about the mental health of the Canadians.

3 out of 4 Canadians aged 18-54 believe that men in their lives are less likely to share their mental health problems than women, according to a new study on men’s health published. A survey conducted in late October also showed that Canadian men 18-54 years old are more likely to talk about their physical health than their mental health: 84% said they would be comfortable discussing their physical health with friends and family, and only 70% noted that they would be comfortable talking about their mental health.

  • 75% of Canadians 18-54 believe that men in their lives are less likely to share mental health issues than women;
  • 65% of Canadian men aged 18-54 are more aware of their mental health when public figures talk about their mental health problems;
  • 65% of Canadian men aged 18-54 miss a doctor’s examination;
  • 75% of Canadian men 18-54 years old answered incorrectly when asked about the recommended age for testing for testicular cancer.

The new statistics come against the backdrop of Movember Canada’s 15th annual campaign, a movement that raises funds and awareness about men’s health, including mental health and the prevention of suicide, prostate and testicular cancer. The Movember study, using the Ipsos Omnibus survey of over 2,000 Canadian adults, including over 1,000 Canadian men, analyzed the current physical and mental health behavior of Canadian men, providing valuable insight into men’s health in 2021.

Current programs

3rd annual Canadian Mental Health Association “Ride Don ‘t Hide community ride & fundraising” event in Calgary, June 2016 took place.

Peer Support Canada

Peer Support Canada is an organization that specializes in connecting people who have experienced mental health problems with current sufferers. The group also offers a program, a three-phase program in which people are assessed based on national standards of practice in terms of the knowledge and skills needed to help people with mental health problems. The organization has 9 members of professional development committees and 13 members of support who contribute to the recovery process.

Not myself today

Not Myself Today is a campaign to tackle mental health issues by enhancing a culture of the workplace through training and corporate services. Companies using the program receive a toolbox containing planning support, communication and engagement activities, and assessment tools. Members also have access to an exclusive online portal as well as national recognition from the Canadian Mental Health Association. The campaign is currently deployed in 450 organizations and 380,000 employees.