Yet, the fact remains that many guys, including men who have tried to end their lives, have recovered from depression and suicidal thoughts.

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.

Visit our section Reach out in a crisis to learn more, or Managing suicide risk if you’re concerned about a guy in your life.