2024 Canadian Men’s Health Report

Mental Health Research

May 29, 2024

A new study from the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation identifies young men aged 19-29, gay and bisexual, and racialized men are at a significantly higher risk for depression and anxiety.

The national study conducted by Intensions Consulting surveyed 2,070 Canadian men aged 19 or older. Key results show a concerning trend in specific groups of men:

  • The risk of moderate-to-severe depression is significantly higher in men aged 19 to 29 (43%), racialized men (30%) and gay or bisexual men (28%) compared to the broader male population (18%).
  • Moderate-to-high anxiety is significantly higher in men aged 19 to 29 (57%), gay or bisexual men (45%), and racialized men (42%) compared to the broader male population (30%).

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About the Study

The Intensions Consulting study was conducted in Canada between March 5 and 10, 2024. The sample was stratified to ensure its composition reflected the underlying distribution of the population as determined by 2021 Census data. The online survey was administered in French and English and used validated mental health measures, including The Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale (OASIS) and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). A traditional probability sample of comparable size would have produced results considered accurate to within plus or minus 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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