Sunday, June 26, 2011

New campaign will use "manspeak" to help men deal with suicidal thoughts

Nice that a group is going to give some focus on male suicide victims. Some stats from the article:

Working-age men, 21-65, die by suicide at twice the baseline rate of other Americans, according to studies.

[...]more than 90 percent of people who complete suicide had a mental disorder, such as depression, substance abuse or both, at the time of death, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

In Colorado, men ages 25 to 54 account for the greatest number of suicide deaths each year. The state ranked sixth in the U.S. in suicide rate in 2007, the last year for which statistics are available.

[...]The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that suicide is the second-leading cause of death in men 25-34 years old.

Almost 75 percent of suicides are completed by white males, who are almost twice as likely to take their own lives as black males, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

A five-year study of death rates released by the CDC in 2008 found the greatest increase in suicide rate was among 45- to 54-year-olds. Their rate increased 20 percent from 1999 to 2004.

Yet, Spencer-Thomas said, most suicide-prevention dollars are going to prevent youth suicide. She wouldn't divert those critical resources, she said. She simply aims to increase resources for working-age men.

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