Men’s Support Group (Nationwide, hosted by CCMF Vancouver)

Register for our New Support Group for Men

To register, please visit the National Registration Portal
For “Closest CCMF Branch,” select “Vancouver,” and then for “What program(s) are you interested in?” select “#3 Men’s Support Group (National)”.
Once registered, you will be provided meeting access information.
In registering, you are agreeing to join meetings with both video and audio, to provide notice of changes to your contact information and you are deemed to have agreed to our CCMF Vancouver Support Group Confidentiality and Consent Policy.

Program Description

Even in the best of times, many 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 and boys to have a safe place to connect and deal with their problems and needs.

We are responding with a new support group for men. We provide a space for men to gather together and be heard with compassion; to share feelings and personal true stories; to feel accepted and not judged. We want to support healing, forgiveness, and restitution in families where possible, and individuals where needed. Which is to say: Not all families can be healed or restored, and forgiveness does not mean putting yourself or your children in danger again. After men have been heard, we want to provide tools, education, and options for moving on, healing, and starting over again. Supporting both children and self is a priority.

This program is being delivered by the Vancouver branch of the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, a national network of men’s health and social service facilities. However, if you don’t live in or around Vancouver, we still encourage you to register if you feel this group may be right for you.

The program will be hosted via Zoom. We are requiring all participants to appear with both video and audio in order to simulate, as closely as possible, an actual group meeting.

Schedule

  • Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:30pm Pacific Time, and Thursdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm Pacific Time, via Zoom.

Program Eligibility Criteria

  • Male (or male identified) who are age 18+ (if you are under 18, please see our Young Men’s Support Group)
  • Targeting men who reside in BC, but open to men from across Canada
  • Able to participate in online meetings

About Our Facilitators

Amanda Hecimovic

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Amanda, a former pastry chef, is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in counselling. After seeing many positive results from getting support for her mental health, Amanda felt inspired to support others through their healing journeys. She hopes to help reduce the stigma around mental health and seeking support, especially for men. Men’s mental health often gets ignored in society, and Amanda wants to help change that by holding space for men to express and process their feelings and emotions. She aims to create a safe, non-judgemental space, meeting everyone with kindness, empathy, compassion, and playfulness/humour when appropriate. In her free time, Amanda enjoys connecting with friends, listening to vinyl records, going to concerts, yoga, dancing, reading, and learning new things.

Greg Freisinger

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Greg is a first-year psychology undergraduate that previously worked in administration/accounting. After holding roles in various companies, he decided that field was no longer for him, and began to pursue the psychology path towards Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2021. His goal is to work with organizations to build sustainable work environments that ultimately lead to stress reduction, employee satisfaction and practices that help with employee retainment. Becoming a facilitator is one of the first steps that he has taken on his new journey, and he feels incredibly privileged to be able to work with the wonderful men that come to the group and looks forward to helping more. In his free time, Greg goes to the gym, plays video games, and does what he can to exercise his mind.

Thalia Lang

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Thalia is a UBC Psychology Honours graduate (BA Honours, 2018) with a background in suicide research and child psychopathology (ADHD, autism). With over 4 years of experience working with children and families, she is knowledgeable about how important family and socio-environmental dynamics can impact people of all ages. She is passionate about making mental health initiatives more inclusive to meet the needs of men of all ages, with a special interest in suicide prevention and the power of social support. Thalia aspires to become a clinical counsellor working in suicide prevention with youth, parents, and families one day. Outside of work, Thalia enjoys trail running, playing on her Nintendo Switch, cooking new recipes, and having warm-hearted conversations over dinner with friends. When asked how she describes her facilitation style, Thalia shared, “I want to create a safe, non-judgmental space for all men seeking help, support, or just want someone to lend an ear. I’m here to listen first, and make sure you have the space to say what you want to say. Come sad, angry, hopeless, or any way you are feeling or being – and I am here to listen.”

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