Canadian Mental Health Association Men's Program FIve Thousand Dollar Donation
Dwight Irwin, right, Community Investment and Sponsorship Lead, presented a $5,000 cheque to the Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Men’s Program, which provides direct services to abusive men, who aren’t court-appointed to the organization. Receiving the cheque are Claude Anderson, CMHA Grey Bruce Executive Director, left, and Joachim Ostertag, Men’s Program lead.

Bruce Power marked Mental Health Awareness Week with two donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHAGB) Grey Bruce.

Bruce Power donated $5,000 to the Men’s Program, which is a domestic violence prevention, early intervention and public education that focuses on helping non-court appointed abusive men.

The program:

  • Helps men identify their abusive behaviours and attitudes, become accountable for their actions and learn respectful alternative behaviours.
  • Helps men overcome negative attitudes towards their partner and women in general.
  • Helps men develop empathy and healthy, respectful relationships based on partnership rather than power and control.
  • Helps men overcome isolation and develop support systems in the community.
  • Provides tools for anger management and constructive parenting.
  • Provides understanding the connections between substance use, relationships and violence
  • Provides referrals to other agencies (mental health, addiction etc.).
  • Provides continues intake, counselling and ongoing support.

The Men’s Program operates out of CMHAGB’s office in downtown Owen Sound.

Bruce Power also donated $1,500 to the annual Ride Don’t Hide bike event, which raises money for CMHAGB and mental health awareness initiatives in the region.

About 200 cyclists are expected to take part in a 6 km, 25 km, 50 km or 88 km bike ride, while families can also do a loop within Kelso Beach. Learn more about Ride Don’t Hide at www.gb.cmha.ca or follow on Twitter @RideGB.