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More than 800,000 people kill themselves around the world every year. People are more likely to die by suicide than in traffic accidents, animal attacks or murder. Suicide is a reminder of our extreme vulnerability and the trouble we have communicating ourselves to others.
According to OECD data, the causes of suicide are 45 percent due to brain chemistry imbalances. The remaining 55 percent are psychologically based due to broken hearts; financial or career failure; humiliation, shame, status and disgrace; and loss of hope, direction and despair. Unfortunately, suicide usually takes those of us left behind by surprise. We might have known someone was having issues, but we couldn’t have imagined the scale. This surprise is evidence that all of us are reluctant to give our emotional needs the attention they deserve, and that men are dealing with greater levels of distress than we’re ready to acknowledge.
Money and material things can’t fix our troubles. Instead, we need to get better at accepting failure, forgiving ourselves and others, and honouring ourselves rather than our achievements.
Men die by suicide four times more often than women.
– American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Men aged 40 to 60 have the highest number of suicides.
– Statistics Canada
In 2017 there were more than twice as many suicides in the US than there were murders.
– National Institute of Mental Health
80 to 90 percent of people who seek help for depression are treated successfully.
– TADS Study
Thinking about suicide might be a cursory thought for some guys compounded in times of extreme stress (custody battles, bereavement, serious illness), or a more common thought for men with depression. When these thoughts become more frequent, and/or when a definitive plan is created, it’s crucial to reach out for professional suicide prevention help. There are some distinct indicators that someone is considering suicide:
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