“The Inner Man Project” — A Place for Men to Share Their Feelings

Seven Medicine Hat men have started a social media page called “The Inner Man Project” as a safe place to discuss men’s mental health and share their stories. Everyone seeking support is welcome. The group is connecting men from all over the country with their personal stories, advice, and struggles.

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“The Inner Man Project” — A Place for Men to Share Their Feelings

The Inner Man — A Safe Place for Men

Dylan Eckes, one of the founders of “The Inner Man Project,” believes that there is a stigma around men feeling weak, and his goal is to end that stigma. He also adds that even the toughest looking guys can be vulnerable, and everyone has to have a safe place to talk about their feelings, emotions, and struggles at the same time.

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“The Inner Man Project” — A Place for Men to Share Their Feelings

A Local Community Goes International

In the last few months, a lot of communities across Canada have seen an increase in mental health issues, and since June, the community has been rocked by the loss of seven men to suicide. “The Inner Man Project” has launched a Facebook page, a private online forum, a Twitter page, a community support group of peer-to-peer sessions, and they can also be found on Instagram.

The project is now reaching the United States, Toronto, Ontario, has members up north in Alberta, and B.C., and also out east in Newfoundland.

Another co-founder of the project, Shayne Cockerill is working with youth and young men and confirms that the struggle for everyone is real in these times. However, he’s optimistic about “The Inner Man Project” and finds it incredible that the support group is no longer seven guys but people on their own that are part of the group who can relate to the same struggles.

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“The Inner Man Project” — A Place for Men to Share Their Feelings

Getting Involved Changes Everything

The fact that people are involving themselves and are personal messaging and sharing their experiences means a lot. Whether it’s anonymously or not, people feel part of something and have a reason to keep moving forward.