JUNE 16, 2015 – MEN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
Over 50 people gathered for this extremely important discussion on men’s mental health and the stigma that prevents thousands of men in Ottawa, and millions worldwide, from stepping forth to receive compassion, and subsequent treatment for their mental health issues.
The evening was hosted by mental health advocate, Jean-Francois Claude, who opened the floor to a panel of experts and fellow sufferers who shared their courageous stories. I was invited to come up and say a quick five minute talk about my book and my journey to inspire hope, compassion, and healing in others.
A special thanks to Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bob Monette, for encouraging each of us to find, within ourselves, the compassion and acceptance to reach out to those who suffer and to support our loved ones.
June 16th is now officially known as Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day.