The Canadian Centre for Men and Families comes to St. Thomas

MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Canadian Centre for Men and Families comes to St. Thomas
LONDON, ON — (November 30, 2020) – St. Thomas is welcoming its
first “Men’s Centre.” The Canadian Centre for Men and Families has
successfully launched centres across Canada, offering services ranging
from domestic abuse support groups to legal information clinics, and
much more. The launching of this branch in St. Thomas could not be
more timely, with many suffering in silence during the COVID-19
pandemic.
According to a survey conducted by the Social Research Centre across
Canada, over a quarter of Canadian men reported their mental health had
worsened during the pandemic and a third felt they were more lonely
nowadays. This unique Centre will provide critical services currently
unavailable to boys and men in St. Thomas at the time when they need
them most, while acting as an urgently needed voice responding to
federal policies that regularly dismiss the seriousness of issues affecting
men and fathers.
The St. Thomas Centre will offer Therapy and Counselling sessions, a
Men’s Peer Support Group, a Fathering After Separation Group, a
Domestic Abuse Support Group, as well as a Legal Information Clinic,
with program and service availability being expanded in the future. The
charity has been responding to COVID-19 by offering a wide variety of
online support groups.
“Our work has reconnected fathers and children, supported neglected
victims of domestic abuse, and offered hundreds of men access to free
mental health services, all in an environment that is welcoming to the
concerns of boys, men, and their families,” explains Canadian Centre for
Men and Families Executive Director Justin Trottier. “Even in the best
of times, men suffer from a lack of strong social networks, with serious

effects on their health and well-being. In our current social crisis, there is
a heightened need for men to have a safe place to connect.”
To learn more about the Canadian Centre for Men and Families and the
new St. Thomas branch’s services, visit
menandfamilies.org/ontariowest. If you are interested in helping with
CCMF, please visit https://pillarnonprofit.ca/content/organization/22519.
Contact:
Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality
jtrottier@equalitycanada.com
(416) 402-8856

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