Stigma in male depression and suicide: a Canadian sex comparison study

According to Oliffe, Ogrodniczuk, Gordon, Creighton, Kelly, Black, & Mackenzie (2016), Stigma due to depression and suicide can limit aid-seeking, lower prevention compliance, and hinder people from relating to relatives. In this article, the author report about the results obtained from a survey of Canadians based on stigmatized beliefs about depression and suicide among men. Some participants with no direct experience of depression or suicide believe that depressed men are unpredictable. In general, there are more stigmatizing perceptions about male depression compared to female.

The report shows that women are more likely to seek for help compared to men. Most men with depression believe that they would be ashamed when asking for help from a third party. On the other hand, men are rather conservative than women when it comes to revealing their problems. Also, the study shows that depression and suicide are more among men with direct experience with depression or suicidal notions.

Problematizing Men’s Suicide, Mental Health, and Well-Being

According to Roy, Tremblay & Duplessis-Brochu (2017), the Quebec in Canada experienced a drastic increase in suicide cases among adults from 1990 to 2000, followed by a sharp decline from then. In the 1990s, suicide among men became known as a social issue leading to the implementation of gender-based strategies and majoring on the positive aspects of masculinity. Most of the gender-based strategies were set to assist reduce the prevalence of suicide among men. The strategy received a positive evaluation from people.

The article provides a critical overview of the evaluation of social responses in regards to suicide among men in the province of Quebec. The authors outlined aspects of success with examples of the interventions that are targeting men directly, the experts who work with men as well as the natural support networks of men. The result suggests the benefits to shift towards a gender transformative approach to prevent men’s suicide.

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