Did you know that men kill themselves on a daily basis in the United States more than women? 129 men die of suicide a day, which not only affects their family members but also costing Americans $69 Billion dollars each year. You would think that suicide rates would be highest among the poor, but it’s not true. Men who are white, middle income, middle aged are at a higher risk of committing suicide.
According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, almost 70 percent of suicides involved a white male, and a large number of those men were middle-aged, in 2017. Hardly anyone in the world is left unaffected by the pain caused by suicide. When Robin Williams took his life, the world lamented. Then there was Anthony Bourdain and Chris Cornell, followed by Kate Spade.
What would make a man not want to live at the prime of his life? Social triggers such as the need to be perfect, are the main reason why. When a man loses a family member to divorce or death, the pain can be so unbearable that they can’t seem to see a way out. The second problem is related to chemistry.
Men who have low serotonin levels may show signs of irritability and agitation. They may become obsessive and impulsive and what’s going on inside of their mind are thoughts of worthlessness and hopelessness.
These are tell-tale signs that should not be ignored: losing interest in things they enjoyed, excluding themselves from social events, and irritability. These are silent cries for help. Men who are at greatest risk are the men who you would admire and respect. They are good fathers. Good husbands. Trying hard to be a good Christian.
The best way to help someone in this situation is to show support without judgement and thank the person for trusting you. Invite him to share his thoughts and feelings and ask how you can give support while encouraging professional support or to call 1-800-273-8255 for help.