Three researchers from the IRHM are part of a program on the well-being of men
The Movember Foundation awards major funding to Université de Moncton for a research program on the physical and mental well-being of men.
Université de Moncton, Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort, University of Ottawa and Université du Québec en Outaouais are the principal partners in the conceptualization and implementation of this research program.
Ottawa, November 27, 2014 – With the support of the Movember Foundation, several health researchers in the national capital region will play a major role in a Canadian initiative on men’s mental health.
The Movember Foundation awarded $3 million to Université de Moncton over three years to “Mind the Heart,” a project on best practices in prevention, early detection and the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety and post-traumatic stress in men with heart disease.
In collaboration with Dr. Jalila Jbilou of the Université de Moncton, three researchers with the Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort (IRHM), Marie-Hélène Chomienne, Paul Greenman and Jean Grenier, will lead a research program on men’s physical and mental health. They will study the effects of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress among men with heart disease.
“Unfortunately, men often hesitate more than women to follow the necessary treatment, which can lead to death in some cases,” explains Dr. Jean Grenier, IRHM clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He hopes that the study will not only save lives but also improve the quality of life for thousands of men.
“Isolation and solitude are extremely important risk factors when it comes to heart problems and mental health problems,” states Dr. Paul Greenman, IRHM clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. “We will therefore develop interventions for men that will add an interpersonal dimension to the techniques traditionally employed in behavioural medicine, including emotionally-focused therapy for couples.”
“When a heart attack turns their lives upside down and affects their loved ones, men are at a loss and often unable to seek help. They are uncomfortable talking about the emotions and anxiety related to this health problem looming over their lives. It is important for us to develop tools that will allow us to offer them better treatment, and not just for their heart,” explains Marie-Hélène Chomienne, Co-Director of the Primary Care Research Unit of the Institut de Recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort.
“It’s with thanks to our Mo Bros and Mo Sistas that sign up every Movember that we are able to provide programs to men in need of mental health support,” said Pete Bombaci, Country Director, Movember Canada. “The power of the moustache is helping to break down barriers and allows us to invest in such incredible programs that are helping to improve the lives of those men living with and beyond mental health issues.”
This announcement is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to men’s mental health. Including this recent initiative, the Movember Foundation has invested over $22.6 million in 27 projects on the mental health and well-being of men in Canada.
Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone university health institution that offers quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities.
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