The purpose of this study was to estimate and compare the proportions of preferred design features and likely use of e-mental health programs and understand potential barriers to the use of e-mental health programs in working men who were at high risk of a major depressive episode. A cross-sectional survey in 10 provinces in Canada was conducted between March and December 2015 (n = 511). Of the 17 different features assessed, the top three features that were most likely to be used by high-risk men were: “information about improving sleep hygiene” (61.3%), “practice and exercise to help reduce symptoms of stress and depression” (59.5%) and “having access to quality information and resources about work stress issues” (57.8%). E-mental health programs may be a promising strategy for prevention of depression in working men. Development of e-mental health programs should consider men's preferences and perceived barriers to enhance the acceptability of this approach.
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