“Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.”
There were 5,691 suicides registered in England and Wales in 2019, with men accounting for around three-quarters of those deaths.
In countries around the world, women are more likely to be diagnosed with depression and to attempt suicide. So why is the male suicide rate still several times higher than females?
Suicide is a hugely sensitive, complex issue with a tangled multitude of causes – and the very nature of a death by suicide means we can never fully know the reasons behind it.
One key element is communication. It’s too simplistic to say women are willing to share their problems and men tend to bottle them up. But it is true that, for generations, many societies have encouraged men to be “strong” and not admit they’re struggling. It often starts in childhood. “We tell boys that 'boys don't cry',” “We condition boys from a very young age to not express emotion, because to express emotion is to be 'weak'.” This conditioning is so far from the truth, not to mention damaging and detrimental to men and their mental health all over the world.
Risk factors of male suicide include;
· Difficulties accessing or receiving care
· Access to means of suicide
· Inappropriate media reporting
· Stigma associated with mental health, substance abuse or suicidal behaviour which prevents people from seeking help
· Experiences of trauma or abuse / experiences of discrimination
· Isolation and lack of social support
· Relationship breakdown
· Loss or conflict
· Previous suicide attempts
· Self-harm behaviours
· Mental ill-health
· Drug and alcohol misuse
· Financial los
Spreading awareness of these risk factors means that family, friends, colleagues, and professionals can recognise when an individual is displaying behaviours which could contribute to suicide.
The more we talk about these devastating statistics the less of a stigma that surrounds the topic which is - The single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the country.
Peace and Love to You All,