1 in 10 Canadian men will experience major depression in the course of their lives

1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental health problem each year

On average 8 men each day take their life through suicide in Canada

 

Mental health: Why it matters for men

Things happen in life, like difficulties with work or finances, the breakdown of a relationship, overwhelming family responsibilities, or a significant setback. These challenges can take a serious toll on your mental health, if left unchecked. Many men tough it out and struggle alone.

Establishing and maintaining relationships, talking about the hard stuff in life and taking action when times are tough are proven ways for men stay mentally healthy and cope with the stress of everyday life. Good overall health and wellbeing is linked to not only to better mental health but also reduces the likelihood of suicide.

Some signs of poor mental health include feeling irritable, hopeless or worthless and behaviors such as aggression, drinking more than usual and isolating yourself from friends and family.

To speak with someone immediately, contact your local crisis support line.
If life is in danger, call 911 or go directly to emergency services.


Some ways to look after your mental health

  • Do more of the things that make you feel great and help you to de-stress
  • Spend time with friends
  • Share what’s going on, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed

 


Mental Health and Suicide

Untreated mental health conditions can carry a high risk for suicide among men. The distress a man experiences at these times can distort his thinking so it becomes harder for him to see possible solutions to problems, or to connect with those who can offer support.

There are a number of factors that have been linked to an increased risk of suicide, including:

  • Previous family or personal history of mental illness
  • Harmful drug and alcohol use
  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Ongoing stressful life situations such as unemployment, relationship difficulties or chronic health issues

 

We need to talk

If you or someone you know are emotionally distressed or in crisis, the most important first step is to talk. Begin a conversation with a friend, family member, health professional or support service. Advice and effective tools are available.

Talking, listening and being there for someone doing it tough can be lifesaving. Check in if you know someone is going through a difficult time. Ask if they are doing okay and be prepared to listen.

If you or someone you know is at risk, contact your local crisis or emergency services.


 

Get immediate support

To speak with someone immediately, contact your local crisis support line.
If life is in danger, call 911 or go directly to emergency services.

 

Other services and resources

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)

Provides information on mental health and suicide prevention and intervention; links to distress centres across Canada.

 

 
Bereaved Families of Ontario

Provides mutual aid support for families and individuals who are grieving, including survivors of suicide. Includes link to local chapters.

 

HeadsUpGuys

A men’s depression resource funded by the Movember Foundation and provides guys with information and practical tips to manage and prevent depression. Includes resources for family.
 

 

 

Kids Help Line: BroTalk

Provides “male specific” content and support for boys/youth to promote emotional health and wellbeing.
 

 

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line

An Inuit-led suicide prevention program with a 24hr help line.

 


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