Why is Suicide the Biggest Killer of Men Aged 20-34?

Suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 20-34, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths. [Pause.]

Men are four times more likely to end their own lives than women. [Pause.]

What about being a man increases the likelihood of suicide? The closest answer is the idea that men should appear strong, and never weak. And with mental illness's stigma and pervasive gender stereotypes, men who discuss personal issues and cannot sort out their problems on their own are viewed as weaker than silent, stoic men.  

“It’s boiled down to the one thing [men] can be, should be, is strong. And if we’re going to add anything to that, it’s silent. And the phrase that comes back is to ‘man up’, to ‘grow a pair’.”
— http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32231774

One man interviewed for BBC said, "suicide is a conversation stopper not a conversation starter." We hope men and women everywhere treat it, instead, as a potentially life-saving conversation starter.

Posted on April 22, 2015 .