COVID-19 and Mental Health: What are they saying in Quebec?

The Quebec Magazine L’actualité had as its feature in the December edition “Comment Aller Mieux: Conseils d’experts Pour tenir le coup durant cette 77^^%%@@ pandémie” meaning “How to feel better: expert advice in coping with a difficult situation during this (expletive) pandemic”.

Part of the article dealt how are the guys doing?

Phillipe Roy a professor of male health at the University of Sherbrooke noted , “ To be a real man you have to show that health issues don’t bother you”. According to a recent study of that University 24.3% of women confirmed they were suffering from COVID induced depression or anxiety but men were behind that at 19%.

As Gilles Tremblay, professor of social studies and criminality at the University of Laval discovered men are taught to be tough. He said, “To endure pain and suffering in silence in their mind is a sign of virility yet as studies have shown men live with greater anxiety”. In Quebec the suicide rate for men is three times greater than that for women. Tremblay continues, “Men 35 and younger find it easier to express their emotion but all men express a reluctance to consult a professional particularly in mental health.” As Roy noted mean seek help at one second prior to midnight. He says that men have had the access to their workplaces, commercial centres all of which have a role in increasing social isolation.

Tremblay remarked men tend to have a very short fuses and one should closely survey if they show signs of irritability and aggressiveness and some may even show violence.

For Tremblay it is the granting of access for men facing mental health issues which is key. When it is easy for men to access mental health resources men will respond to the call.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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