Stigma in Male Depression and Suicide: A Canadian Sex Comparison Study

John Oliffe, John Ogrodniczuk, Susan Gordon, Genevieve Creighton, Mary Kelly, Nick Black, Corey Mackenzie

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    Stigma in men’s depression and suicide can restrict help-seeking, reduce treatment compliance and deter individuals from confiding in friends and family. In this article we report sex comparison findings from a national survey of English-speaking adult Canadians about stigmatized beliefs concerning male depression and suicide. Among respondents without direct experience of depression or suicide (n = 541) more than a third endorsed the view that men with depression are unpredictable. Overall, a greater proportion of males endorsed stigmatizing views about male depression compared to female respondents. A greater proportion of female respondents endorsed items indicating that men who suicide are disconnected, lost and lonely. Male and female respondents with direct personal experience of depression or suicide (n = 360) strongly endorsed stigmatizing attitudes toward themselves and a greater proportion of male respondents indicated that they would be embarrassed about seeking help for depression.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)302-310
    Number of pages9
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


    • Men’s depression
    • Men’s suicide
    • Self-stigma
    • Stigma


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