Did you know that 1 in 10 Canadian men will experience depression at some point in their lives? What about the fact that 75% of suicides are carried out by men? It’s a major crisis in this country, but what can we do about it?
The solution isn’t a simple one—nor is it easy—but the first step is clear; we need to talk!
From a young age, men in our society are conditioned to refrain from expressing emotions such as sadness or fear. They are taught to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Toxic phrases like “boys don’t cry” and “man up” are all too common. By having an open and honest conversation, we spread the message that it is okay to feel emotions, it is okay to be wounded, and it is okay to ask for help.
Fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles, nephews, partners—we all have men in our lives that we love. We’re calling on you to speak up for their sake.
For the next month and a half, we will be accepting submissions for our Down With “Man Up” Media Contest. Submissions can be anything from a painting to a poem to a video to a song—there are no limits to your creativity! The only rules are that your piece must be an original, and that it must send a meaningful message about men’s mental health and the importance of breaking down the stigmas surrounding it.
You have a voice and we believe you have something to say that will make an impact. Let’s hear it.