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"A lot of guys with depression experience suicidal thoughts."

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Depression, if untreated, is one of the leading risk factors for suicide. The majority of suicides are made by men, who account for three to four times the number of suicides as women.

Unfortunately, there are a number of misperceptions about suicide that can get in the way of having helpful, empathic conversations with guys who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Below are some of the most common and damaging myths about depression and suicide:

1. It’s okay to talk about it

2. Take all suicide attempts seriously

3. Suicide does not mean weakness

4. Suicide has nothing to do with being selfish

5. Suicide is complex and involves many factors

6. Recovery is possible

See more myths about men and depression.


HeadsUpGuys is a website dedicated to fighting depression in men. Our site features practical tips, information about professional services and stories of recovery. It also has a self-check tool that can help determine whether or not depression may be affecting you.

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