Nebraska Office of Men's Health

Men & Suicide

While more women suffer from depression, researchers are beginning to understand that men may not be recognizing that they are depressed, and are not seeking treatment as often as women. If left untreated, depression can lead to personal, family and financial difficulties, and, in some cases, suicide.

Men commit suicide four times as often as women do, partly because they're more likely to use deadlier means — such as firearms — when they set out to take their own lives. Research suggests several suicide risk factors for men:

  • Age — Suicide in men peaks in the 20s and again in the 60s and 70s.
  • Unemployment — The suicide rate has been shown to rise and fall with the unemployment rate.
  • Social isolation — Those who kill themselves often live alone and have little contact with others. They may have been recently widowed or have never married.
  • Chronic illness — Any chronic illness increases the risk of suicide.
  • Certain occupations — People with certain occupations are more likely to die by suicide, for example farmers (who usually work alone, may be unmarried and have access to the means of suicide, such as a shotgun or poisonous weed killer).

If you are depressed or having suicidal thoughts, get help from a mental health professional or call 911.

For More Information
The Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Committee       Real Men. Real Depression.

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