Why disadvantaged men in mid-life die by suicide

From a Samaritans report I’ll be covering shortly:

Death by suicide can be described as a problem of men. Suicide incidence is higher among men than women across the western world. In the UK, men are three times more likely than women to end their own lives. The male to female ratio for completed suicide has increased over time in the UK; rates of suicide among women have steadily decreased over the last 50 years, while suicide rates among men overall are at comparable levels to the 1960s.

One of the areas in which we expect to be making proposals when we officially launch Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them) will be male suicide. Disadvantaged men in midlife are at particular risk of ending their own lives, and I learned today of a Samaritans report, Why disadvantaged men in mid-life die by suicide. Many of these men are, of course, systematically disadvantaged in a society which relentlessly and ruthlessly advantages women at the expense of men. The public sector was once a major employer of men, but now almost two-thirds of public sector employees are women. This helps drive the differential between female and male unemployment rates (for every three women registered as unemployed, four men are), yet the provisions of the Equality Act (2010) permit public sector organisations to favour women over men in recruitment and promotion terms. Such legislation drives unemployment among men, and drives up the male suicide rate. It’s an issue I covered at length in Feminism: the ugly truth (2012).

The Samaritans report is downloadable here:

http://www.samaritans.org/sites/default/files/kcfinder/files/press/Men%20Suicide%20and%20Society%20Research%20Report%20151112.pdf

It’s about damned time society cared more about the male suicide rate.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for men & boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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6 Responses to Why disadvantaged men in mid-life die by suicide

  1. Unemployed male here. Destroyed by two female man haters and a justice system that catered to their lies. Suicide has crossed my mind many many times. Almost killed myself in 2010 because I could not take the bullying any longer.

    Two things keep me going. 1) I speak up so that my son will have a chance. 2) There isn’t a day that goes by since the suicide attempt that I realize that I almost gave my two exes and the system exactly what they wanted.

    To anyone contemplating suicide over women like this and the disgusting system that created and supports it; DON’T give them the satisfaction. I am speaking up whenever I can and you can be sure the man that wrote this article is front row center in the trench on your side.

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