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Thu, Nov 02



We Need to Talk: An Evening Dedicated to Men's Mental Health

Join us for an evening with Nick Petrella, for an open, vulnerable, and candid discussion of his struggles with Mental Illness and Suicide as he takes you on a journey of resilience and survival and what he has learned from his highs and his lows.

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We Need to Talk: An Evening Dedicated to Men's Mental Health
We Need to Talk: An Evening Dedicated to Men's Mental Health

Time & Location

Nov 02, 2023, 7:00 p.m. – Nov 03, 2023, 8:30 p.m.

Hamilton, 97 James St N Unit 2A and 2B, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K6, Canada

About the event

As November approaches there will be more awareness drawn to "Movember" or the month dedicated to men's health (men's mental health).  This event is long overdue and the first of it's kind for CCP. We are thrilled to announce our speaker Nick Petrella who will be joining us to help spread his message and set the stage for our therapists to help discuss the topic of men and mental illness. 

Nick Petrella: 

Nick grew up in Southern Ontario where he was a competitive athlete in three sports: Hockey, Football and Lacrosse. Many surgeries and countless concussions had a devastating impact on his athletic career both physically and emotionally, leading to a decision to no longer play competitive sport and focus on academics and coaching.

Nick earned a Master of Science degree from Brock University with a focus on human performance and exercise physiology and is now a Professor and Coordinator in the Health, Wellness and Fitness program at Mohawk College. He is a two-time recipient of an Instructor Appreciation Award, and an Everyday Hero Award at Mohawk College. He is also a Keynote Speaker in Mental Health and earned Mental Health First Aid Instructor status with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He has been awarded the St Joseph’s Hospital Spirit of Hope that is awarded to an individual who is making strides on reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and the YMCA Peace Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions as a peacemaker and demonstrating commitment to YMCA values of peace. He is a co-founding member of the Mohawk College Mental Health in Motion peer to peer support initiative and most recently, has been selected by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health as One of Five FACES of Mental Illness in Canada and recently delivered his first TedTalk at TedXMcMaster in February of 2023. 

Nick has dedicated himself to shattering the stigma associated with mental illness by sharing his personal journey with emotional wellness and speaking on behalf of those people who are not ready to speak for themselves. 

As we know it's challenging for anyone to reach out for help when they are feeling low. Men face unique barriers when it comes to seaking help for their mental health and because of that they often go without. 

Quick facts:

Today, approximately 5 per cent of male youth age 12 to 19 have experienced a major depressive episode (CMHA).

One in 10 men will struggle with depression in his lifetime (Movember Canada).

Rates of substance use disorder are very high in males, 6.4 per cent compared to  2.5 per cent of females (StatCan).

Men die by suicide at a rate four times higher than that of women (CMHA).

Men are more likely to develop schizophrenia at a younger age (Mental Health Commission of Canada).

This event will be used to not only raise awareness about men's mental health,  the team at CCP has asked that this also be a fundraisier for The Eastick Family Trust Fund which has been created to help the family of Michael Eastick a friend of CCP who died by suicide this past summer. 

100% of the funds collected will be going straight to his wife and two children.

Please consider joining us from 7-830/9pm on Thursday, November 2nd to show your support. 

What to expect: 

Doors open at 6:30pm: come by the space to chat with our therapists, collect resources, see the space and donate funds if you feel inclined. 

7pm: Ticket holders will be able to sit/stand to listen to Nick discuss his  diagnosis, the journey to getting his diagnosis, what led to getting help, the journey through therapy, and his recovery from there. Nick speaks very openly and candidly about the challenges and dark times. He will speak to the importance of getting support and the reality of how hard that is. 

730-815pm: Open discussion and question period with Nick and Carly Crawford and other CCP therapists. 

830pm : Our speaker will end and we will wrap up the evening with a quick word honouring Michael Eastick. 

Tickets for this event are priced generously to help support the Eastick Family Trust Fund. 

The discussion will take place in our Workshop/Yoga area which can fit about 15/20 people standing and sitting.  We are limiting tickets to see the dicussion in the workshops space live to 20 tickets.

Additional tickets will be sold to come to the event and watch from the other side live on our TV for the same donation fee.   

Live room seating will be given in order of ticket's purchased.

If you wish to support this initiative and come by our space to collect information, have a quick snack or coffee  and give a donation please do. Donations will be collected at the door. 

We are thrilled to offer this evening of support and appreciate your generousity. 

Donation cost: $100.00 per person 

E-transfer directly to to secure your spot, funds will be collected and donated directly to The Eastick Family Trust Fund. 

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