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Power Up: Strengthen Your Body and Mind

Buddy Up is about helping buddies but it’s important to take care of ourselves, too. Building ‘strength’  and resilience is key. Building strength within helps us work through emotions, relieve stress, and remember to simply enjoy life. Whichever aspect of your health you’re choosing to strengthen – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – take this week to focus on that.

Examples:

  • Exercising
  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Playing with a pet or kids

Read our Power Up blog to learn more about building resilience.

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Build Up: Work on a Project

Some of our most authentic conversations and deepest connections happen while we’re working with others. This week, work on a project with a buddy. While you’re working, you might ask how they’re really doing, or you might just have a good time working together. Either way, spending time together can deepen connections.

Examples:

  • Build a birdhouse
  • Go to a pottery class
  • Help with a buddy’s home improvement project
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Lift Up: Acts of Kindness

Kindness drives connection – this week, do something thoughtful for a buddy or for others in your life. This is a tangible way to show them you care and that you’re there for them when they need you.

Examples:

  • Take a buddy for coffee
  • Volunteer for a charity (e.g., the food bank)
  • Bring snacks to work
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Buddy Up June Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in Buddy Up Month 2022. A special thanks to all of the funders of the Buddy Up campaign and to lead funder Viewpoint Foundation.

In 2022, nearly 700 Champions joined Buddy Up Month!

2022 Highlights


We look forward to having you join us in June 2023 by promoting authentic conversations among men and their buddies and raising awareness about men and suicide. There are lots of ways to get involved!


June Challenge

Complete as many Challenge Card activities as you can to promote mental wellbeing and drive connection throughout June! Enter to win prizes by submitting it at the end of the month or start your own competition within your group.

Submit your June 2022 Challenge Cards here.


Become a Champion

You don’t need to be a Champion to participate in Buddy Up month – everyone is welcome! But if you’d like to order free Buddy Up swag including wallet cards, air fresheners, posters, and stickers, sign up to become a Champion today. There are no minimum expectations.

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Free Swag

Order your free swag to share the message that men’s suicide can be prevented. We have stickers, air fresheners, character posters, infographic posters, toolkits and wallet cards.

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Check out who has championed Buddy Up in 2022! The list keeps growing!


What else can I do

Explore more ways to be involved and spread awareness by becoming a Champion.

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Order Swag

All Buddy Up Champions get free swag to promote the campaign – and you can always order more! It’s a great way to promote men’s suicide prevention.  Put an air freshener in your car, a sticker on your hardhat, a toolkit on your desk or a wallet card in your back pocket to start the conversation about men’s suicide prevention.

Available swag:

  • Stickers
  • Car air fresheners
  • Character Posters
  • Infographic Posters
  • Toolkits with information about men’s suicide prevention
  • Wallet cards with conversation tips
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Exercise

Do something active with a buddy; it’s a great way to connect and, if you’re not breathing too hard, start a meaningful conversation by asking how they’re doing.

Examples:

  • Start a company sports team
  • Hit the gym with an old friend
  • Join a fundraising walk/run (like the Run for Life!)
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Volunteer

Volunteer with a buddy or a group for a feel-good activity that drives connection and helps others.

Examples:

  • Pack food at the food bank
  • Plant and tend vegetables in a community garden
  • Clean up litter in parks
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Incorporate Buddy Up Into an Event

Promote Buddy Up during an event you’re already part of.  Suicide prevention involves us all and community conversations help erode stigma.

Examples:

  • Hand out stickers at a workplace potluck
  • Do a school project on men’s suicide prevention
  • Talk about Buddy Up in a safety meeting
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Recruit a New Champion

Share the Buddy Up campaign and encourage others you know to become Champions by signing up at buddyup.ca.

Examples:

  • Post about Buddy Up on social media
  • Have a conversation about Buddy Up
  • Ask a friend to do a Buddy Up activity with you
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Learn About Suicide Prevention

Learning about men’s suicide and its prevention can help you in your role as a Champion. Find out more about what contributes to suicide, how to talk to people considering it and how we work together to prevent it.  

Examples:

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Host a Games Night

Hosting a games night is a great way to bring people together to connect and have fun!

Examples:

  • Host a board game night
  • Play video games with a distant buddy
  • Have buddies over to watch sports
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Learn a New Skill

Learn a new skill with a buddy. Strengthen your relationship with a new challenge together. Connect and ask how they’re really doing.

Examples:

  • Cook a new recipe
  • Check out an art class
  • Try a new sport
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