Frequently Asked Questions
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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions, by subject:
- For men fighting depression
- For friends and family members
- For volunteers, collaborators, and partners
- For media and press
- How to support HeadsUpGuys
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.
- Take a look through some stories from other men who have battled and recovered from depression in the Real Story Blog section of our You Are Not Alone page.
- 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 or connecting to one online. It’s probably one of the best things you can do for yourself.
- Our Professional Services section has more info on other ways you can reach out too.
- Try using our HeadsUpGuys Therapist Directory to connect with a local therapist who has experience working with men:
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 and both can be offered in-person or online.
- Professionally run groups facilitated by a healthcare professional
- Peer-led support groups
- Contact your local mental health centre to see if there are any groups they know of. Your doctor, friends, or family may also know of a group.
- See our guide to men’s groups.
- In general, men’s groups can be difficult to come by, so you may need to open your search up to more general mental health support groups in your area (you can always try a more general group to see if you like it).
- Finding a therapist near you may be a more feasible option, and a great source of support.
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.
- For help coping with the loss of a life to suicide, see After a Suicide.
For volunteers, collaborators, and partners
See our Get Involved page for information on how you can volunteer, share your story, help with fundraising and other ideas to support our mission.
See our Our Partners for more info on partnering with us.
Do you have any promotional material or information about HeadsUpGuys to share?
- A HeadsUpGuys brochure and/or poster can be downloaded and printed from 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 [email protected] 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. Please see our About Us page for more information on our team and connect with us at [email protected].
- For facts and figures about suicide see Stats on Suicide in Men.
How to support HeadsUpGuys
We’d be grateful to have your support in our fight against depression in men.
If you can’t find your answer above, please see our Contact Us page for how to reach us.