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Brandon University researchers looking at men’s mental health

Participants sought to support the study on mental health concerns in the Prairie provinces

Researchers at Brandon University are looking for men in the Westman region of Manitoba who would be willing to participate in a project exploring the stress men can experience.

The research team is looking for men willing to participate in small group discussions or share their story one on one, with an overall aim of expanding current understanding of the men’s mental health in this part of the province and address mental health concerns in the Prairie provinces.

Rates of completed suicide on the Prairies are the highest in Canada outside the Territorial North and are higher among men than women, yet, in general, men are less likely than women to talk about or seek support for their mental health needs, particularly those living in rural Canada, a BU release notes.

Addressing this issue requires a better understanding of how and where men experience stress, how they cope, and how they can express their mental health challenges.

“We have seen significant efforts to increase awareness of men’s health issues in Canada,” said project lead Rachel Herron, the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health and a member of BU’s Department of Geography.

“Initiatives such as the recent Let’s Talk campaign and Movember have helped to bring mental health and wellness into the public eye, but we also need to understand the challenges and stress men face in the region to provide better support to them and their families. We need to know what is getting in the way of their health.”

The two-year case study is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Anyone interested in participating in the project can contact Herron at 204-727-9771 or at [email protected].

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