• Not showing up to events they used to enjoy
• Giving away items they value
• Texting, calling, visiting less often
• Being less present and engaged in conversation
• Sleeping more, even during the daytime, or being restless and having trouble sleeping
• Eating less and losing weight, or eating excessively and putting on weight
Men who are reluctant to seek help tend to bear the burden all alone. Everyone needs support from others at certain times in their lives.
Men who were raised with the idea that showing any sign of emotion is a “weakness” are more likely to hide their emotions, which can become overwhelming and may lead them to a point of crisis.
Men who are socially isolated may feel less comfortable reaching out for help, because they don’t have loved ones close by. They may also have less people to ask for help and fewer people to notice that they are struggling and reach out to offer help to them. Men as a group are more likely than women to lose relationships over time, often because they prioritize career and financial success over relationships.
Men who are more likely to reach out to someone when they’re struggling can find support more easily and can better cope with negative circumstances than those who do not.
Men who have embraced their emotions and the importance of sharing them with others are better able to cope, as they are more likely to deal with their emotions before they become overwhelming.
Relationships provide a safety net when men are thinking about suicide, because those people are there to offer help and to be asked for help.