This month’s Omega Health focuses on Male Suicide
Male suicide has been described as a “silent epidemic”. Despite the high incidence and level of contribution to men’s mortality, it is the lack of public awareness that makes this epidemic so silent. In the UK, suicide is the highest cause of death among men under the age 45. In fact the highest suicide rate in the UK is recorded for men aged 40–44. Concerning gender and suicide, male rates are higher than female suicide rates, and one reason for this is that men are less likely to ask for help or express depressive or suicidal feelings. But despite the numerous submissions and debates as to why more men take their lives than women, the bottom line is we cannot possibly pinpoint the exact reason. What we do know at the moment is limited and data is just data.