January 22nd, 2016

Canadians view men struggling with depression with compassion and understanding, while men view their problems in a very negative light

Study finds men with depression often their own toughest critics
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Did you know that Canadians view men struggling with depression with compassion, while the men view themselves as a burden to others? This is according to a new study by Dr. John Oliffe from UBC, funded by the Movember Foundation.

It’s the fear and anxiety about speaking out that can prevent these men from seeking help. This can lead to social isolation, which is actually one of the biggest risk factors in male suicide.
This is where you can make the difference. 
Just by reaching out to a buddy with a simple question like “how’s it going?” can reduce these feelings of isolation. Better yet, why not catch up over a beverage, or game of NHL? Regular check-ins are a great way to have each other's backs, especially if you know someone’s having a hard time. 
Learn more by visiting online resources like HeadsUpGuys.ca (also funded by the Movember Foundation), created to help break down stigmas around depression while educating visitors on health strategies for managing and preventing depression.

You can read Dr. John Oliffe's "Stigma in Male Depression and Suicide: A Canadian Sex Comparison Study" here.