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"Many men, including those who have tried to end their lives, have recovered from depression and suicidal thoughts."

We’ve gathered all the content on HeadsUpGuys about preventing suicide and fighting suicidal thoughts here.

According to the World Health Organization, men account for 75-80% of deaths by suicide, with depression being one of the leading risk factors.

Suicide isn’t a topic we should shy away from or avoid talking about just because it’s hard. Having conversations with someone you’re worried about is extremely important to letting them know you care. Likewise, if you are feeling suicidal it’s crucial to reach out and seek support. You don’t need to fight depression on your own.

It’s important to also pay attention to how we talk about suicide, as many of the terms we currently use carry harmful connotations which contribute to the shame and silence surrounding suicide. By rephrasing how we talk about suicide, we encourage guys to maintain support and combat the stigma that far too often prevents men from reaching out.

Learn more on Talking About Suicide: Words Matter

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For Men
For Those Supporting a Man
For Everyone
For Men

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Five Steps to Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

Here are five tips towards overcoming suicidal thoughts that can help move you away from hurting yourself and towards recovery.


How to Stop Thinking About Suicide

Josh shares his experiences with depression and attempted suicide, and how he’s been able to stop thinking about suicide and recover from depression.

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Reach out in a Crisis

Get practical tips to reach out and get help with suicidal thoughts. If you’re in danger of harming yourself or others, don’t hesitate to call 911.

For Those Supporting a Man

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Suicide Prevention: Warning Signs

Suicide prevention includes recognizing and addressing warning signs that someone may be considering suicide, regardless of whether he has asked for help.

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How to Help a Friend Who’s Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide

Reaching out and talking to a friend who may be thinking about suicide is tough, but wishing you had talked is a lot harder.

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How to Manage Suicide Risk

Learn how to decrease suicide risk by recognizing and addressing warning signs that someone may be considering suicide.

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How to Help When Your Boyfriend or Husband is Suicidal

Finding out that your boyfriend or husband is suffering from thoughts of suicide can be overwhelming. Learn how to help if your partner is suicidal.

For Everyone

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How to Talk about Suicide: Avoiding Phrases like ‘Commit’

Many of the terms we use to describe suicide appear harmless at first, but carry negative connotations that contribute to the shame surrounding suicide.

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Josh’s Story Video – Surviving Depression and Suicide

Josh was 22 when he tried to end his life. Not only did he survive, he found a way to recover and share his story in this depression and suicide video.

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Myths about suicide and depression

Though it can be difficult to talk about, we shouldn’t let myths about suicide and depression let us avoid the conversation.