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Did you know that 1 in 10 Canadian men will experience depression at some point in their lives? What about the fact that on average, 8 Canadian men die by suicide each day? It is a major mental health crisis in our country, but increased awareness is a step we can all take to break down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

From a young age, men in our society are conditioned to resist expressing emotion and to believe that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Toxic phrases such as “boys don’t cry” and “man up” are all too common, leading to the reluctance many men feel when it comes to seeking mental health resources.

It’s your chance to speak your mind! Submit an entry to our Down with “Man Up” Media Contest in 2022. Submissions can be anything from a painting, to a poem, to a video, to a song, focusing on sending a meaningful message about men’s mental health.

2021 contest rules and details

Winners

Congratulations to the winners of Down with “Man Up” 2020-2021!

  • Nick King

    I am an artist for fun, and to help me meet new people. I am self taught, the medium I most often use is digital photoshop. I work full time at a non-profit and attend school evenings and weekends. Every Thursday  I meet up with my Doodlebug drawing group for a drawing session, I have been drawing and painting for about 8 years.

    Click here to view his digital art piece “Man”

  • Sam Pelkey

    Sam Pelkey is a 24-year-old writer originally from Edson, Alberta. He is a passionate reader, poet, and lover of the arts. He holds an Honours degree in Political Science and is currently finishing a degree in Education to become a Social Studies and English teacher.

    Click here to read his story “Jarius”

  • Tina Wasilik

    Tina is a proud daughter of Taiwanese immigrant parents. She is a teacher, Ph.D. student, researcher, and advocate for mental health. Tina was emotionally and mentally healed by God’s unconditional love, support, and great promises. She prays that God’s healing will prevail in all aspects of his earthly kingdom.

    Click here to read her poem “Wearing Hurt on My Face”

    Click here to meet Tina!