Journal article

"You feel like you can't live anymore": Suicide from the perspectives of Canadian men who experience depression

John L Oliffe, John S Ogrodniczuk, Joan L Bottorff, Joy L Johnson, Kristy Hoyak



Severe depression is a known risk factor for suicide, yet worldwide men's suicide rates continue to outnumber reported rates of men's depression. While acknowledging that the pathways to suicide are diverse, and being mindful of the complex challenges inherent to studying suicide, we interviewed men who experienced depression as a means to better understanding the processes they used to counter and contemplate suicide. This novel qualitative study provides insights on how masculine roles, identities and relations mediate depression-related suicidal ideation in a cohort of 38 men in Canada, ranging in age from 24 to 50 years-old. Constant comparative analyses yielded the core category of reco..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Gender and Health)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research and article was made possible by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Gender and Health) (Grant # 11R92369). Career support for the first author is provided by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research new investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research scholar award. Special thanks to Christina Han, Joscelyne Carthy and Tina Thornton for their thoughtful feedback and assistance with this article. This article is the first instalment of the third floor series and is dedicated to the memory of 'Wow' Churchett.