Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014

Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa Officially Proclaimed


Mayor Jim Watson (r) and Orléans Ward City Councillor Bob Monette (l) present founder, Jean-François Claude, with the official Proclamation marking June 10, 2014 as Men's Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa. PHOTO: Benjamin Leikin, Ottawa Public Health.

Ottawa ON — The first of what will hopefully be an annual Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day in Ottawa was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

The day kicked off with a special presentation ceremony in Mayor Jim Watson’s Office at Ottawa City Hall, where The Men’s D.E.N. founder, Jean-François Claude, received a framed, signed copy of the official City of Ottawa Proclamation from the Mayor and City Councillor Bob Monette.

Representatives from The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, Partners for Mental Health, the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre and Ottawa Public Health were also in attendance.

The day was capped off with Breaking Down Barriers for Beards, an information session on male depression, Mindfulness and mental health resources in our community.

The event, held at the Orléans Client Service Centre in Ottawa’s east end, attracted over 40 participants from across the City and beyond to hear presentations from The Royal, OMC, O-CCRC and the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region.


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