HAMILTON, ONTARIO — (May 4, 2015) Hamilton resident Dan Perrins today begins a 5-day 120 km trek from Hamilton to the Ontario legislature to raise awareness of men’s mental health. Hamilton Chief of Police Glenn De Caire will join the walk today at 2:30PM.
The event is in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association’s 64th Annual Mental Health Week, which is focused on the mental health and well-being of men and boys.
Joined by his four-legged companion Jeb and supporters along the route, Perrins aims to raise $25,000 for the mental health programs at Toronto’s first “Men’s Centre,” the Canadian Centre for Men and Families (CCMF) located in downtown Toronto.
“My brother Anthony took his life in 1982, and I lost a very close friend in Earl Silverman in 2013,” said Perrins, referring to the Calgary violence against men campaigner.
According to the CMHA, men are four times as likely to take their own lives than women, a statistic that Perrins would like to see change. “We’re failing men,” says Perrins, “But with this walk I hope that we’ll be able to not only raise some money for the CCMF but also raise awareness of the issue so that more people get involved.”
Perrins will arrive at Queen’s Park at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8.
Canadian Centre for Men and Families