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Marina Morrow, Rod Lal and Chi-Jen Hung from the Vancouver team and Sepali Guruge were interviewed in Vancouver for this report.
‘Men tend not to seek help as frequently as women. And that can be compounded for new Canadians and males of Asian background’.
Led by Prof. Sepali Guruge of Ryerson University in Toronto, more than 18 investigators are forging connections with men in Canada who have roots in places such as India, Pakistan, China, Korea, the Philippines and elsewhere. “There has not been much specific focus on men’s and boys’ mental health. The field is still new,” said team member Marina Morrow, of Simon Fraser University’s faculty of health sciences. “But it’s been documented that men tend not to seek help as frequently as women. And that can be compounded for new Canadians and males of Asian background.”
The grant to connect with Asian men is part of roughly $12 million that Movember Canada handed out last year to strengthen the underfunded field of men’s mental health, including a $2.9 million award to a University of B.C.-led program combating men’s depression and suicide.
National Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign. Numerous events are organized during this week aiming to increase awareness of mental illnesses. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with many other organizations and supporters across Canada.
For more information about MIAW please visit http://www.camimh.ca/mental-illness-awareness-week/about-miaw/
During this week, Toronto Team members of Strength in Unity will attend MindFest – a free one-day event to kick-off National Mental Illness Awareness Week organized by the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and Hart House.
For more information about MindFest please visit http://www.psychiatry.utoronto.ca/mindfest/
Toronto, July 16, 2014
Team members celebrated together at the Friends of Movember summer party. Supportive members throughout the Toronto community joined at the Movember Headquarters on Spadina to celebrate the passing of July and the up and coming 2014 MOVEMBER campaign.
Movember is a foundation that aims to change men’s health by raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health initiatives across the world.