Media availability upon request with UBC researcher and Afghanistan veteran recently funded by Movember to address men’s depression, prostate cancer recovery and PTSD in veterans.
John Oliffe, health researcher and founder of the UBC Men’s Health Research Program is available to comment on men’s health issues including mental health, depression, prostate cancer, and the significance of movements like Movember that bring greater awareness to men’s health research and services.
Oliffe and UBC psychiatry professor John Ogrodniczuk are among recipients across Canada who shared in $12 million in research funding from Movember. This is the first round of research funding from Movember specifically addressing mental health in men.
Video: Men’s Depression and Suicide Network
Tim Laidler, a UBC graduate student and Canadian armed forces veteran who served in Afghanistan, is also available to speak about his experience with depression and issues related post-traumatic stress disorder.
On Nov 4, Oliffe, Ogrodniczuk and Laidler will be speakers at a community event, Movember @ Mahonys, to mark the launch of a series of programs that will support men experiencing mental health challenges This event will be an open forum about men’s mental health facilitated by UBC faculty, staff and students and begins at 3:00 pm at Mahonys & Sons. Everyone welcome.
NB: For interviews with John Oliffe and Tim Laidlaw (available by phone only), please contact Tracy Tang at 778-888-6848 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Multimedia: Laidlaw on video speaking about his personal experience with PTSD and depression and the research he now conducts with Oliffe: http://www.mensdepressionhelpyourself.ubc.ca/videos/.