Local man forms men’s walking group for mental health

Olivia Joerges
Staff Reporter

Round Lake — There has been a growing recognition of men’s unique mental health challenges in recent years. Ryan Pakyam, a new community member who moved to the area three years ago with his wife, is inviting men to meet once a week on Wednesday evenings to ‘walk and talk’ through Foy provincial park.

“Men often don’t have a place to be vulnerable for each other. It’s something that’s generational,” he said.
Breaking away from traditional stereotypes discouraging emotional expression, men’s groups have emerged as a powerful tool in addressing these issues and promoting mental well-being among men.

“I wanted a way to be able to build community and meet new people—men’s work and men’s groups is something that I’m passionate about and have been involved with for quite some time,” Pakyam said.

These groups provide a safe and supportive environment where men can openly discuss their concerns, share experiences, and find solace in a community that understands and empathizes with their struggles.

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