According to the World Health Organization, men account for 3-4 times the number of suicides compared to women. Depression is one of the leading risk factors for suicide.

If you’re experiencing thoughts of suicide, it’s time to reach out – you’re not alone in this battle and help is out there. Many men, including those who have tried to end their lives, have recovered from depression and suicidal thoughts.

Take care when talking about suicide - many of the terms we use to describe suicide carry harmful connotations which contribute to the shame and silence surrounding suicide. By reframing the the way we talk, we encourage guys to maintain support and combat the stigma that far too often prevents men from reaching out.

Depression clouds your thinking

The intense emotional pain that you can experience when depressed can distort your thinking so it becomes harder to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support. Suicide might seem like the only way to make the pain stop. It’s not that there aren’t other ways to get relief from depression, but rather that it’s hard to see them when caught in the grips of depression.

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There is always a better option than suicide

Although it might seem as if your pain and unhappiness will never end, it’s important to realize that the pain is usually temporary. Solutions are often found, feelings change, unexpected positive events occur. Therapists, counsellors, or friends or loved ones can help you find ways to tackle thoughts of suicide that otherwise may not be apparent to you. If you’re thinking that recovery is impossible, it’s time to reach out.

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