Accepting entries until May 16, 2021!

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 by midnight of May 16, 2021. 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.

We’ll have an event on Saturday, June 5, 2021, to share our pieces and select winners!

Contest rules and details


Best Written Piece- Adult (18+)

Best Visual Piece- Adult (18+)

Best Written Piece- Youth

Best Visual Piece- Youth

Award Ceremony

All Down with “Man Up” participants and their friends, family, and networks are invited to attend our Award Ceremony. We will hear an address from Sheila Stauffer, our Executive Director and local mental health advocates. Winners will be determined by the audience at this event!

Register for the Award Ceremony

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