South Asian Men and Mental Health Stigma
Thursday, October 22, 2015

In Canada, 1 in every 5 people will experience a mental health issue every year. An estimated seven million people (20% of the total population) live with a mental illness, and 500,000 people experience loss in work related productivity due to mental health challenges. Males are less likely to seek help for mental health issues than females. Immigrant men and youth are even less likely to seek help.

Our study aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness among Asian men and youth in their communities. Our study is evaluating several community-based workshops for their ability to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness in Asian communities.

The study is a national research project that involves researchers from Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. The Vancouver team consists of researchers from SFU, UBC, and VCH, as well as five community agencies who serve as partners (SUCCESS, MOSAIC, ISS, Moving Forward Family Services Society, and PICS).


We’re looking for people who self-identify as:

  •  Male
  •  17 years of age or older
  •  South Asian, East Asian, or Southeast Asian

And people who either:

  •  want to learn more about mental health and wellbeing, or
  •  have lived with a mental health issue or have had personal experience with a mental health issue

To participate, help with recruiting study participants or learn more information: