Movember and Preventing Suicidal Tendencies in Men

Men Let Their Mustaches Grow for The Entire Month of November. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Where Do Suicidal Tendencies Come From?

Suicidal tendencies (also called suicidal ideation) are thoughts about taking your own life. Suicidal thoughts can sound like this:

  • “No one would miss me if I were gone.”
  • “Everything would stop hurting if I died.”
  • “I don’t see another way out.”
  • “Everyone would be better off without me.”
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  • People who are seriously ill and/or in a severe amount of pain may see dying as the only way out.
  • Dealing with the grief of losing someone you loved can make you feel like it’s impossible to go on with your life.
  • The loss of your livelihood or a big argument with a close family member could make you feel like you’re just letting everyone down.

What to Do If You or Someone You Know Has Suicidal Thoughts

Ending your life is not the answer. If you or someone you love is thinking about dying by suicide, it’s crucial that you seek expert professional help immediately. You can always dial 911, and you shouldn’t feel silly doing so — this is an emergency situation. In the U.S., there’s also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which is (800) 273–8255 and offers communication in over 150 languages. If you find it too difficult to speak about your feelings (and that’s a legitimate concern), it also offers a helpful chat feature.

Ending Your Life is Not The Answer. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Suicide Prevention for Men: Breaking the Stigma

Movember is a great time to raise awareness of suicidal ideation in men, but to be honest, it doesn’t matter if you grow your ‘stache or not. What’s really important here is that we speak openly about suicidal tendencies in men. The majority of people who die by suicide are male, but we as men are still so reticent to discuss or mental health. We’re afraid that admitting to feeling sad and hopeless or needing to use antidepressants makes us look weak. We fear being sent to the hospital for psychiatric care if we talk about our suicidal thoughts. We tell ourselves that we’re big and strong enough to overcome our trauma, even though trauma, by definition, causes long-term emotional problems.

Let’s Use This Month to Chip Away at The Stigma of Men’s Mental Health Issues (Image Source: Shutterstock)

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