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Men Suicide: The Hidden Epidemic of Male Depression

Men suicide

It’s not easy to be a man. On a daily basis, a man deals with a slew of ramifications. Due to the expectations placed on them by society, many men feel under pressure to live up to those expectations and, as a result, attempt to end their lives to escape the heavy burdens of society. Men are constantly expected to handle every significant issue in a so-called “manly” manner, whether it be societal or physical suffering. The percentage of men who commit suicide has steadily risen over the past few years. According to research, while women are more likely to have suicidal thoughts, men are far more likely to commit suicide. Let us delve deeper and examine some of the primary factors that influence a man’s decision to take his life.

Men Suicide Statistics

In India, around 153 thousand people died by suicide in 2020. Furthermore, the state of Maharashtra had the highest number of reported suicides, followed by Tamil Nadu. Suicides have increased over the previous year. According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau, 133,623 suicides were reported in India in 2015, with men accounting for 91,528 (68%) and women accounting for 42,088. (NCRB).

Housewives (22,293) accounted for 53% of female victims in the category of women (42,088). In the same year, 91,528 men committed suicide, with daily wage earners accounting for 23% (20,409), followed by farmers (11,584) and self-employed individuals (11,124).

In 2015, 64,534 (74%) of the 86,808 married people who committed suicide were men, while 26% were women. However, housewives accounted for 79% of the 28,344 suicides by married women.

Statistics
suicidal man

Reasons

Suicide is never caused by a single factor. When someone commits suicide, a number of risk factors, including health, environmental, and historical variables, come into play. However, the single most significant risk factor for suicide is a family history. Let us look at some major causes of suicide in men

  • Bullying at school, college, or work
  • Divorce or breakups in relationships
  • Physical and sexual abuse in the past
  • Imprisonment
  • The death of a loved one as a result of trauma or disease
  • Mental disease, particularly sadness and painful or incapacitating illnesses or disorders
  • Inability to create or maintain meaningful relationships
  • Isolation from others or living alone
  • Unemployment
  • Using drugs and/or alcohol to deal with feelings, relationships, work pressure, or other difficulties

Prevention 

People who declare suicidal intent or exhibit warning signals should seek care immediately. Help is accessible from various sources, including family doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists, a variety of sources, including family doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists, as well as volunteer organizations, community mental health clinics, local hospitals, and social agencies. Here are some common suicide prevention methods that one can look up to.

Doctors

Irritability, social withdrawal, anxiety, lack of interest or pleasure, physical pains and complaints, participating in risky behaviours, misusing drugs and alcohol, and being unable to keep up with typical daily duties are all symptoms of depression in males. Make sure to offer a helping hand to someone who experiences any such symptoms.

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Sadness

Irritability, social withdrawal, anxiety, lack of interest or pleasure, physical pains and complaints, participating in risky behaviours, misusing drugs and alcohol, and being unable to keep up with typical daily duties are all symptoms of depression in males. Make sure to offer a helping hand to someone who experiences any such symptoms.

Depressed man

Keep an Eye Out for Signs of Sadness

Irritability, social withdrawal, anxiety, lack of interest or pleasure, physical pains and complaints, participating in risky behaviours, misusing drugs and alcohol, and being unable to keep up with typical daily duties are all symptoms of depression in males. Make sure to offer a helping hand to someone who experiences any such symptoms.

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