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TheMensDEN.ca welcomes City proclamation of Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day
Ottawa residents encouraged to wear a lime green shirt on June 10 to show their support
June 1, 2014
Orléans ON — TheMensDEN.ca
The founder of The Men’s D.E.N. (D.epression E.ducation N.etwork), Jean-François Claude, welcomed news that the City of Ottawa’s Mayor Jim Watson will officially proclaim June 10 as Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa. The timing of the Proclamation coincides with International Men’s Health Week, which takes place annually the week leading up to and including Fathers’ Day.
The Proclamation aims to raise awareness of how signs and symptoms of mental health conditions may present themselves differently in men, and to normalize conversations about mental health issues to reduce the stigma that often prevents men from seeking help. Residents are being encouraged to wear a lime-coloured shirt on that day and use the #MMHAD14 hashtag on social media, to show their support.
On the evening of June 10th, The Men’s D.E.N. is also hosting Breaking Down Barriers for Beards, an information session on men and depression. Sponsored in part by City Councillor Bob Monette, the session will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at 255 Centrum Blvd, room 340, in Orléans. Interested participants are asked to RSVP by June 6, 2014 through Facebook or by e-mail to TheMensDEN@bell.net.
TheMensDEN.ca is a new Web portal to online information about male depression, featuring a collection of multimedia resources aimed at men living with depression, and their loved ones. From access to symptom-checker e-tools to You-Tube videos and smartphone apps, from “lived experience” testimonial blog postings to recent brain health research articles, The Men’s D.E.N.’s mission is to become Canada’s premiere portal to curated information on male depression.
Tweet-able Quick Facts
• #Ottawa 1st Canadian city to proclaim a Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. TYVM @JimWatsonOttawa & @BobMonette1! #MMHAD14
• 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a #mentalhealth issue during their lifetime. #MMHAD14 #Ottawa
• Every year, 840K Canadian men are affected by #depression, ranking male depression 3rd in disease burden. #MMHAD14 #Ottawa
• #Depression in men is often masked as extended periods of irritability or anger, rather than sadness. #MMHAD14 #Ottawa
• 60% who die by #suicide have diagnosable #depression; depression in men likely under-reported at 11% lifetime. #MMHAD14 #Ottawa
• Women are 2X likelier than men to have a #depression diagnosis, yet men are 4X likelier to die by #suicide. #MMHAD14 #Ottawa
“This Fathers’ Day, I invite all residents to give special thought and to reach out to the men in their lives who may be suffering in silence. It is my hope that, through this Proclamation, conversations will be sparked that will lead to positive and lasting change in how we view men’s mental health.”
– Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa
“Mental health literacy is critical to gaining social acceptance of mental health conditions as a normal part of life. Thanks to initiatives like TheMensDEN.ca, I’m confident more men will recognize they need help and will seek the treatment they need to return to better health and well being.”
– Bob Monette, City Councillor (Orléans Ward), City of Ottawa
“I commend Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Bob Monette for their exemplary leadership in embracing the idea of proclaiming a Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa. More than just a Proclamation, this Awareness Day serves as a conversation-multiplier to normalize talk about mental health and help reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.”
– Jean-François Claude, Founder of TheMensDEN.ca.
• The Men’s D.epression E.ducation N.etwork – http://www.TheMensDEN.ca
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