Oil, Heartbreak, And Manhood: Behind The Mental Health Crisis Of Alberta’s Oil Workers

“Johnson drove 30 minutes alone to the emergency room, fueled on shock and adrenaline. He’d be on mental health leave for two weeks, but his reflex to a nervous breakdown is an exception for most men in the oil patch and trades. Ten years of psychiatry and two stints on suicide watch drilled it into his head when to see a doctor — STAT. “A lot of guys don’t even think they can get help because there’s such a stigma around it,” he says. “Basically, the response is ‘don’t be a pussy.’””

Omar Mouallem – BuzzFeed Canada – August 2017

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