HeadsUpGuys is an online resource that supports men in their fight against depression by providing tips, tools, information about professional services, and stories of success.

Our Mission

HeadsUpGuys’ mission is to become the first resource men (as well as their family members and friends) look to when fighting depression. 

Depression affects millions of men every day; yet many suffer in silence. According to the World Health Organization, men account for 75-80% of suicides, with untreated/poorly treated depression being one of the leading risk factors.

  • Over 75% of men who complete our Self Check (a depression screening tool) meet the criteria for probable depression.
  • Every day, more than 100 people come to HeadsUpGuys after searching for phrases such as ‘I want to end my life’.

To support men everywhere, HeadsUpGuys has crafted an approachable yet comprehensive set of resources that speak directly to men fighting depression – and in the process we are saving lives. We continuously develop new features and content to work towards fulfilling our mission.

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Our Values

HeadsUpGuys supports men’s mental health in a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive way with and for people of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, race, or sexual orientation. 

HeadsUpGuys does not support discrimination of any form, is not involved in Men’s Rights Activism, and does not support misogyny.

Our Program

HeadsUpGuys is a program of The University of British Columbia (UBC), operating under the leadership of Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, who is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Psychotherapy Program at The University of British Columbia. HeadsUpGuys website resource was launched in 2015. 

Our team of clinicians, researchers, and mental health advocates bring together their expertise and personal experiences to provide you with this unique resource. HeadsUpGuys is located at UBC’s Vancouver Campus, on the traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

Though we are based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, HeadsUpGuys is a global resource, with over two and a half million visits from countries around the world. 

Our Team

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Dr. John Ogrodniczuk,
Founder of HeadsUpGuys

Professor of Psychiatry at UBC and Director of the UBC Psychotherapy Program
John with UBC shirt

Dr. John Ogrodniczuk,
Founder of HeadsUpGuys

Professor of Psychiatry at UBC and Director of the UBC Psychotherapy Program

Dr Ogrodniczuk is a Professor of Psychiatry at UBC and Director of the UBC Psychotherapy Program. In his role as Director, he oversees the operations of North America’s 2nd largest medically based psychotherapy training program. His research has been supported by various provincial and national funding bodies, and has led to more than 250 scientific publications.

In addition to his research, he is involved with teaching medical students and psychiatry residents, serves in various capacities with a number of scientific and clinical journals, and consults with mental health clinics about service provision and evaluation.

Dr. Ogrodniczuk is available for consultation to help men develop strategies for healthy living and recovery through his life consulting practice, Optimum Consulting.

View articles written by John.

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Joshua R Beharry,
Project Manager

B.Sc. majoring in Computer Science, UBC
Portrait of Josh

Joshua R Beharry,
Project Manager

B.Sc. majoring in Computer Science, UBC

Since recovering from experiences with depression in 2010, Josh has become a passionate advocate for mental health. Josh coordinates HeadsUpGuys communications and website. For more information about his recovery see his post “I never wanted to die, I only wanted to end my pain.”

View articles written by Josh.

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Joel Robison,
Social Media Coordinator and Graphic Designer

Conceptual Artist, Photographer, and Social Media Specialist
Joel Robison

Joel Robison,
Social Media Coordinator and Graphic Designer

Conceptual Artist, Photographer, and Social Media Specialist

Joel Robison is a Canadian photographer and mental health advocate. He has worked with international brands as well as non-profit organizations, creating work that is both thoughtful and imaginative. His close personal connections to men’s mental health and suicide have motivated him to take on a more active role in ending the stigma around the conversation about mental health.

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Caroline Sutton,
Toolkit Coordinator

B.Sc. majoring in Integrated Sciences, UBC
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Caroline Sutton,
Toolkit Coordinator

B.Sc. majoring in Integrated Sciences, UBC

Caroline began advocating for improved mental health through the Mental Health Advocacy Committee of the UBC Science Undergraduate Society, and as a student advisor to the UBC Vice-President Students on the Student Health and Wellbeing Advisory Committee. She has witnessed first-hand the effects of depression on important men in her life and is committed to reducing the stigma associated with reaching out for help.

Caroline helps develop the HeadsUpGuys website and communications. She is also the Project Lead for the Mental Health Research Team at Project Aurora, a Canadian non-profit that aims to accelerate the creation, growth, and impact of youth-led mental health initiatives.

View articles written by Caroline.

Chloe

Chloe Sernasie,
Directory Coordinator

B.A. majoring in Psychology, UBC
Chloe

Chloe Sernasie,
Directory Coordinator

B.A. majoring in Psychology, UBC

Chloe’s passion for mental health promotion began in high school, and led her to pursue a degree in psychology at the University of British Columbia, where she became involved in research related to mental health. Since graduating, Chloe has continued advocating for mental wellness through employment with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a community support worker, and through volunteering with the Anxiety Canada Youth Network.

Chloe understands that men face unique challenges navigating the mental health care system, and hopes to alleviate some of the burden through her work with HeadsUpGuys.

View articles written by Chloe.

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Aiden Simard, Research Assistant

Student, B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
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Aiden Simard, Research Assistant

Student, B.Sc. Microbiology and Immunology, UBC

Aiden’s interest in mental health advocacy began at a young age when he conducted a study on social media and adolescent anxiety and depression. His passion continued into university, where he led a fundraiser that raised just under $22,000 in support of HeadsUpGuys.

Aiden strives to live a life that encourages other men to speak out, break the stigma, and continue the conversation about men’s mental health.

Quinn

Quinn Storey,
Volunteer, Contributing Writer

Student, B.A. majoring in Psychology, UBC
Quinn

Quinn Storey,
Volunteer, Contributing Writer

Student, B.A. majoring in Psychology, UBC

Quinn has always taken a keen interest in mental health and the factors that affect it. Since beginning his studies at UBC, this interest has developed into an examination of how our daily behaviours promote or undermine our general well-being.

Quinn supports the ideals of HeadsUpGuys and hopes to help those in need of assistance with his contributions to the team.

Kyle

Kyle Parrotta,
Volunteer, Donor Engagement and Digital Marketing

B.Com., University of Alberta
Kyle

Kyle Parrotta,
Volunteer, Donor Engagement and Digital Marketing

B.Com., University of Alberta

With experience in donor engagement and digital marketing, Kyle is a big advocate of making mental health resources more accessible to people. He looks to help increase the awareness of HeadsUpGuys impact and make their resources more accessible through donations.

Our Contributors

A special thanks to the following individuals for their contributions to the development of HeadsUpGuys.

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Dr. John Oliffe

Professor, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
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Mark Goodwin

Metadata Coordinator, UBC Library, University of British Columbia
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Dr. George Hadjipavlou

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
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DR. JOY JOHNSON

President, Simon Fraser University
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DR. JOAN BOTTORFF

Professor and Chair in Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention, UBC Okanagan

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