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Mental Impact of Injuries

An injury for a guy is more than damage to your body. It’s an emotional upheaval that can change your life. Take the time off to repair your injury and strengthen your mental health.

A severe injury in prehistoric times meant certain death. Our ancestors didn’t have the knowledge or technology to mend wounds, nor did they have a long life span to experience chronic pain. In short, humans did not evolve to manage pain and injuries well.

And in today’s world, an injury represents more than just physical pain. Men are still seen as breadwinners and define themselves by their profession. So when different types of injuries disrupt or end a career, we risk losing our financial security and our identity. If we suppress the mental impact of injuries and the disruption an injury has on our lives, some serious emotional issues can emerge. Some men describe it as hitting rock bottom and are at a loss with how to deal with it.

Talking to a professional and learning ways to cope with both your injury and your life can strengthen your mental wellbeing.

Healing from Injury

Both the physical and mental burden associated with injuries are common but can improve over time. To help you manage the distress you feel while dealing with an injury or pain, we’ll investigate the deeper issues underlying your feelings, which might be related to the importance you place on success, your sense of self-worth, or the loss you feel about a changed future. We’ll then use counselling and coaching to work together to look at any attitudes and behaviours that are holding you back and how to think differently about your situation. Finally, we’ll teach you the tools you need to treat your issues on your own, making way for you to lead a healthier life.


15 percent of Canadians suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities.

– StatCan


Sports and work are related to nearly half of working-age adult injuries.

– StatCan


Falls injure 35 percent of working-age adults.

– StatCan


Men are ten times more likely than women to be killed at work.

– Forbes

Pain Caused by Injuries

There’s no predictable way how men will react as they deal with physical pain and realize how the injury has impacted their future. Getting injured can cause stress, anxiety, depression, or grief, which in turn causes more pain and initiates a vicious cycle. The results can negatively impact your physical and mental wellbeing in a number of ways:

  • Feeling tired and drained
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Headaches
  • General aches and pains
  • Changes in appetite
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sadness, depressed
  • Isolation, alienation
  • Lack of motivation, apathy
  • Frustration, emotional outbursts
  • Disengagement
  • Substance abuse
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