On June 14, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Thunder Bay joins organizations across Canada in recognizing Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This annual event aims to normalize conversations about mental health issues and reduce the stigma that often prevents men from seeking help.
A 2021 survey conducted by Movember and Ipsos showed that Canadian men are more likely to speak out about their physical health than about their mental health, with 84 per cent noting they would be comfortable discussing their physical health with friends and family and only 70 percent noting they’d be comfortable speaking about their mental health.
As with most of the population, Canadian men report the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on their mental health, with 66 per cent having experienced mental health challenges since it began.
CMHA recognizes that societal pressures and stigma may make it difficult for men to seek help for their mental health and addictions issues. CMHA Thunder Bay Branch offers a 24/7 mental health phone line for the entire Northwestern Ontario Region. Anyone residing from Kenora east to Wawa can access the regional crisis phone line 24/7. Trained staff are available to respond to calls or texts to listen, provide support and assist in finding solutions and offering resources to all incoming calls with their primary focus on assessment and mitigation of risk.
Eligibility: All Ages
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year
Contact: 807-346-8282 | District/Toll Free: 1-888-269-3100 or Kenora/Rainy River Region: 1-866-888-8988
Contact the crisis line at 346-8282, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your call will be answered by trained professionals. This service is available to anyone of any age.
- Crisis assessment and intervention
- Support to family members and friends
- Referrals and service linkages to other community services
- Wellness planning
- Public Education
To show support for Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day, everyone is encouraged to participate by using the #MensMHday hashtag on social media.