Frequently Asked Questions
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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
For men fighting depression
I’m struggling, what can I do?
- Fighting depression is tough. Our Take Action section is a great place to start and outlines the steps you can take toward recovery.
- Our post on managing depressed thoughts may also help you fight some of the darker thoughts you may be having.
Where do I get professional support?
- Family doctors are the primary health professionals to connect with in your fight against depression. You can explain your symptoms in more detail and they can help you navigate local mental health support services. Here’s more on consulting a doctor.
- Talking to a therapist can also be incredibly helpful. See our post on finding a therapist near you. It’s probably the best thing you can do for yourself.
- Our Professional Services section has more info on other ways you can reach out too.
Is there a men’s support group in my area?
- Support groups vary widely by location and format. There are two main types of support groups – professionally run groups facilitated by a healthcare professional and peer-led support groups. These can be offered in-person or online.
- Contact your local mental health centre to see if there are any groups they know of. Your doctor, or friends and family may also know of a group.
- Search online for “men’s support group”, or “men’s group” and your location, or open your search up to more general mental health support groups in your area (you can always try a more general group to see whether you like it).
- In general, men’s groups can be difficult to come by, so Finding a therapist near you to connect with is likely a more realistic alternative.
For friends and family members
How do I help my friend who’s fighting depression?
- Our Friends and Family section has lots of info on how to support a guy you care about – from starting the conversation, to providing more ongoing support, and managing suicide risk.
Can I share my recovery story with you?
- We have an ongoing series sharing over 50 recovery stories on our You Are Not Alone page under “Real Story Blogs”. If you’re interested in sharing your story, please reach out to email@example.com for more information about our submission process.
Do you accept guest blog submissions?
- We accept blog submissions that are relevant to our target audience. If you have an idea for a blog, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. With your inquiry, please send along an example of your writing.
Does HeadsUpGuys have speakers in my area?
- HeadsUpGuys’ team is based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. If you are in the Lower Mainland around Vancouver and need a speaker, let us know at email@example.com and we’ll see if a team member is available.
- We’re also open to speaking engagements in other locations, but only when travel and accommodations are provided.
Do you have any promotional material or information about HeadsUpGuys to share?
- Our HeadsUpGuys brochures can be downloaded and printed. They are posted at the bottom of our Get Involved page.
How can my organization collaborate or partner with HeadsUpGuys?
- HeadsUpGuys has a variety of community partners and is always open to hearing ideas about future collaborations with like-minded groups. Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea.
For media and press
Is anyone at HeadsUpGuys available for an interview?
- We’re happy to do interviews to help raise awareness of depression and suicide among men. Connect with us at email@example.com.
How to support HeadsUpGuys
How can I help support HeadsUpGuys?
- Let friends and family know about HeadsUpGuys.
- Host a fundraising event and collect donations manually or through a crowd-fundraising site like GoFundMe or Chuffed, then mail in a cheque made out to “UBC HeadsUpGuys”. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before sending, in order to confirm our mailing address and so we can express our appreciation of your support.
- Make a tax-deductible donation through our UBC donation page. More details on how to donate.
How is HeadsUpGuys funded?
- HeadsUpGuys is funded exclusively through public donations.
What is your relationship with The University of British Columbia (UBC)?
- HeadsUpGuys is a program of The University of British Columbia, operating under the leadership of Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, who is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychotherapy Program at The University of British Columbia.
Are you a non-profit group or charity?
- The University of British Columbia is a registered charitable organization; thus your donation to HeadsUpGuys qualifies for a tax credit.
For more information on our HeadsUpGuys team, see our About Us page.
If you can’t find your answer above, please see our Contact Us page for how to reach us.