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Mo-velous! CAMH programming for First Nations mental health receives support from Movember

October 23, 2013 - The power of the moustache was felt by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Movember Canada announced that CAMH is one of seven Canadian organizations to receive funding dedicated to men’s mental health initiatives. 

CAMH’s Acting locally to have a national impact: A participatory action approach to addressing First Nation boys’ and men’s mental health project has been awarded $348,000  to establish a comprehensive and culturally-competent program of mental health services which respects and prioritizes the experiences of First Nations boys and men.

The project involves First Nations men working with health researchers, clinicians and advocates exploring how prevention, early intervention, and community support and treatment services can best meet the needs of First Nations boys and men. The project uses research that incorporates the perspectives and lived experiences of participants and is congruent with First Nations self-government.

From this work, resources and programs will be developed to address First Nations boys’ and men’s mental health, including innovative strategies for sharing and adapting tools and programs.

“We are thankful to the selection panel at Movember for seeing the potential in our project,” said Dr. Jürgen Rehm, Director of CAMH’s Social and Epidemiological Research Department. “We at CAMH know that clients from First Nations communities thrive better when they receive care, support and treatment that incorporates culture, history and tradition. By giving the community direct input into the process, we hope to develop a model that can be used across the sector.”

Dr. Kwame Mckenzie, Medical Director of Underserved Populations also received funding from Movember for a project he is collaborating on with scientists at Ryerson University.  

The project, called  Reducing stigma of mental illness among boys and men in Asian communities in Canada: An innovative intervention study,  is  aimed at reducing the stigma related mental illness among boys and men in Asian communities in Canada. The project will  engage East, South East, and South Asian boys and men who are living with or have been affected by mental illness as well as community leaders from faith-based, media, arts and advocacy sectors , to build mental health support capacities within their communities. 

Researchers from different disciplines and regions of Canada, along academic institutions, mental health agencies, and community-based agencies that provide culturally and linguistically inclusive social care, will come together to work on the project. 

Movember aims to forever change the face of men's health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health initiatives.

Funds raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and their men’s health partners in each country. Movember funds supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs:living with and beyond cancer, staying mentally healthy, living with and beyond mental illness and men’s health research. Since 2003, over three million participants have raised over $446 million for the cause, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries.

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Media contact: Michael Torres, Media Relations, CAMH at (416) 595-6015; media@camh.ca

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in this field. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addiction. 

 

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. ​​​​

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