Free app designed by British Columbia offers mental health course for men – Castlegar News

A new mental health initiative designed for men called “It’s Tough To Talk” is completely free via the “he”. application.

Release of free men’s mental health course follows 2021 statistical report on drug overdose deaths in British Columbia

Men account for 79% of all overdose deaths in British Columbia, according to the latest report from the BC Coroners Service. Illicit drug use and substance abuse or substance use disorders are linked to mental illness. Additional resources available for people with substance use disorders are available at

Men account for 79% of drug overdose deaths in British Columbia (Coroners Service, Illicit Drug Toxicity Deaths in BC)

“At the end of the day, it’s hard to talk – and it can be even harder for men. So we want to provide a platform, skills and knowledge that help people share what they’re going through and a way to manage it, ”says Beki Hardcastle, Discovery College Project Manager.

It’s Tough To Talk is a course designed for men to advance at their own pace to develop their communication and relationship building skills.

The course is now accessible to all men from 18 years old, by downloading the free course he. app on any smart device.

Hardcastle says the course encourages men to practice the skills they’ve learned and to talk online to other men who complete the course.

HeChangedIt and Discovery College, a Kelowna initiative of the Canadian Mental Health Association, collaborated to create the mobile platform and the course.

“It’s not just about learning new tools, it’s also about building community and knowing that you are not alone in having trouble talking about things.”

It’s Tough To Talk features personal stories on videos created by men to further shatter the sense of isolation some men feel when it comes to talking about their mental health.

Hardcastle says his hope is that through this course they’ve created a place where men can be real about how they feel.

For more information on the It’s Tough to Talk course, visit

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