Men Account for 7 out of 9 U.S. Suicides

Man Out

Sorry for the unhappy news.

Men are 3 1/2 times more likely than women to commit suicide in the U.S. The highest rates are among White and American Indian/Alaskan Native men. Rates have been steadily rising. Among 45-to-64-year-old white men, the incidence of suicide shot up by 59 percent between 1999 and 2014. Not only are they more likely to kill themselves than women, but these middle-age white men now are more likely to kill themselves t

Why? No job. No wife or partner. No friends. No assets. Isolation, or loneliness, may be the nation’s “biggest public health problem,” in the words of former surgeon general Vivek Murthy. These problems are more acute among young and later-middle-age men as they drift ever further from work, partners, and children.

Studies have regularly found that “traditional” men are more prone to cut themselves off from intimate friendships, avoid expressing their true feelings, resist seeking help when they need it, experience depression, and think frequently about suicide.

Where in the US are suicides most likely to occur? The Mountain states are particularly deadly for men (and women)–Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona– and Alaska and Oklahoma.

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