Sociologist and researcher Dr. Flora Matheson, PhD of St. Michael’s Hospital discovered that Ontario women are far more likely to use mental health services compared to men. The same study showed that when men and women suffer from a physical illness (such as diabetes) plus a mental illness that they are more likely to use mental health services compared to those who do not suffer from a physical illness. However, even women without a physical illness are more likely to use mental health services compared to men with both a physical and a mental illness. Further study is indeed required to better understand the causes of these gender-based health disparities.
Toronto is not just a hot spot for financiers, sommeliers, and entrepreneurs; Toronto is also home of some of the latest innovators creating resources for fathers. Earlier this month parents Brian Rosenberg and Ferd van Gameren launched their website gayswithkids.com, creating a community for fellow gay dads. This multimedia website reaches out to international dads and has found itself in the news including the Toronto Star and National Post. Our Network would like to congratulate Brian, Ferd, Jonah and their online team for the launch of their website and wish everyone a Happy World Pride Week!
If men can wear socks with sandals surely they can talk about their emotions!
Today we launched our website live on radio with Carol and Paul Mott, on NEWSTALK 1010. My high school Principal said I had a radio voice and I do love listening to the radio so what an exciting moment on my first Father’s Day.
Our website will continue to evolve and be updated thanks to your feedback. In the meantime keep up the conversation, talk about your feelings, and if you’re feeling mentally unwell let your family and your doctor know. Help is available to you.
Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day. Let’s take this wonderful opportunity to have a closer look at Fathers’ Mental Health. We often avoid speaking openly about mental health issues due to concerns about stigma. We know the stigma of mental health tends to have a unique and more severe impact on men than it does on women. That’s largely due to society’s stereotypes about the male role, having to be strong and tending to repress their feelings and emotions. As a result, many men, including fathers suffer with mental health troubles in silence. On Sunday, when we celebrate the role of the father, let’s also take a minute to speak/post/tweet/raise awareness about mental illness and the impact it can have on fathers and families. Wishing everyone a happy and (mentally) healthy Father’s Day weekend.