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What Toronto Men Really Think About Mental Health – 1500 Polled

U.S. Based Men’s Health Network Partnered with Helix Healthcare Group to Collect Unique Quantitative Data for International Men’s Health Month

TORONTO, ON / WASHINGTON, DC (July 2016) Washington, DC based Men’s Health Network has collaborated with Helix Healthcare Group, located in Toronto, in an effort to capture new quantitative data on the health concerns of men in Toronto. In light of International Men’s Health Month, they partnered together to bring the campaign to Toronto for the purpose of generating further awareness to the conversation surrounding men’s health.

The campaign between Helix Healthcare Group and Men’s Health Network featured the participation in an international online forum on current challenges men are facing pertaining to their health along with the stigma of men’s mental health. The street polls captured a sample of indigenous data shining a light on where Toronto men prioritize mental health among their other health concerns. The data captured and paid for by Helix Healthcare Group was collected through surveying a diverse group of men, ranking through ages 18-88 throughout the downtown core area. “In an effort to reveal the often evasive thoughts of men regarding their health, we believe that this data will help the men in our society express what challenges they are facing and how to combat them,” stated Helix Healthcare Group Clinical Director Dr. Jesse Hanson.

“Men’s Health Month is a great time for a man to step up for his good health,”

1574 men were surveyed anonymously, including Toronto Mayor John Tory, over a span of five days from Monday, June 20th to Friday, June 24th. The randomized participants were asked a series of questions designed to uncover telling results and unique correlations about what health risks men in Toronto are concerned the most about, as well as how they deal with the stresses in their lives. “Men’s Health Month is a great time for a man to step up for his good health,” said Ana Fadich, MHN Vice President. Fadich added, “it’s important that a man knows that his health and healthy habits are vital to a healthy family unit.”

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SAMPLE DATA FINDINGS:

The data revealed a plethora of unique information pertaining to men’s health.

In all age groups, at least 79% of men did not think that men’s mental health is sufficiently addressed.
The youngest cohort (18-24), had the highest percentage of voters who selected that men’s mental health was not sufficiently addressed, at 86%, above the combined average of 82% of voters who voted that men’s mental health was not sufficiently addressed.
20% of men between 18-34 think that men are concerned the most about either baldness or erectile dysfunction, suggesting that vanity is still believed to be high priority with regards to men’s health.
38% of the 65+ cohort find that personal health and wellness is the the most stressful aspect in their life. Subsequently 59% of this age bracket (highest of all cohorts) also said that they use physical activity to deal with stress, as oppose to substances like alcohol and recreational drugs, which they selected the least of all groups.

About Men’s Health Network:

The Men’s Health Network is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play and pray with health prevention messages and tools, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.

About Helix Healthcare Group:

Helix Healthcare Group, based in Toronto, grew out of an unwavering determination to fill a void in the industry for those suffering from mental health, trauma, and addiction issues. With their core programs, Spectrum Recovery and Catalyst Wellness, they have built an innovative treatment model to connect the mind and body, address the underlying causes, and create lasting change based on neuropsychology. They offer a highly individualized approach with more one-on-one sessions than any other treatment program in Canada.

 

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