We are often raised to believe that men need to “toughen up” and “man up.”
That boys don’t cry.
That “real men” hold in their feelings and never show them to the world.
We teach our children this is what it means to be a man, and they teach their own children in turn, renewing the cycle.
Meanwhile, some men struggle in silence — and the statistics don’t lie.
Four times as many men die by suicide than women, and suicide is the biggest cause of death of men under 35 in the United Kingdom. More than six million men are affected by depression in the United States alone. Yet men are, quite simply, less likely to talk about their struggles than women — and that needs to change.
Read the full article here : https://themighty.com/2018/11/men-mental-health-suicide-movember/
Note: I started this Community Page because of my work that I do on suicide prevention project. We want to do early intervention; helping those who struggle early, before stress becomes crisis. I found this article yesterday, and it makes me really sad.
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In 2017, 14 out of every 100,000 Americans died by suicide, according to a new analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. That’s a 33% increase since 1999, and the highest age-adjusted suicide rate recorded in the U.S. since 1942. (Rates were even higher during the Great Depression, hitting a century peak of 21.9 in 1932.)
Journal – Suicidology Online
Edwin S. Shneidman on Suicide
Click HERE for the original paper.
By Anton A. Leenaars
EXCERPTS FROM THE PAPER:
It is true that happenstance marked Shneidman’s career. While working at the LA Veterans Administration in 1949, he was asked to write condolence letters to widows of two victims by suicide. He researched the two cases at the LA County Coroner’s Office and there was led to a vault of suicide notes. He never looked back. Shneidman spent his life studying why people kill themselves, indeed, the intensive and creative study of people who died by suicide.Continue reading Understanding Suicide