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"You're not alone in the fight against depression."

In recognition of World Mental Health Day (Oct 10, 2019), we’re raising awareness of depression and suicide among men.

Every year, over 800,000 lives are lost to suicide. Globally, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 29. Three times as many men die by suicide than women.*

Depression is one of the major risk factors for suicide. A lot of guys with depression experience thoughts of suicide at some point, but many of them don’t reach out – this needs to change. It is important to know that recovery from depression and suicidal thoughts is possible.

A special thanks to Julian and John, who joined Josh (our Project Coordinator) to share their experiences with depression. Despite facing dark times and hard struggles, they were able to reach out and get on a path to recovery – a message we want all guys who are battling depression to know.

* Statistics taken from World Health Organization, 2018.

A Resource Specifically Designed for Guys

HeadsUpGuys is a website resource that helps men fight depression and prevent suicide.

Since launching in 2015, HeadsUpGuys.org has had over 1,000,000 visitors, helping men from across the globe. Learn more about Our Impact.

  • “I read your article on managing suicidal thoughts. Thank you, I’m pretty sure it saved my life and gave me some hope for tonight.“ 

Help spread the word about HeadsUpGuys. You just may end up saving someone’s life.

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Men's Health Week takes place annually in mid-June, during the week preceding Father’s Day. The week is not just a campaign, but a call to action for men to take better care of their health and for communities to support men in this endeavour.

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