Men women suicide and depression. Men commit suicide more often than women do. This is partly because they’re more likely to use deadlier means like guns. Depression, which is estimated to affect around 7 percent of men in any given year, is an important risk factor for suicide.


Sadly, male depression appears to be under diagnosed – mostly because men are less likely than women are to seek treatment for it. In addition, men don’t always develop standard symptoms such as sadness, worthlessness and excessive guilt. Instead, they may be more likely to complain of fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbances and loss of interest in work or hobbies.

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse – which is more common in men than in women – can also mask depression and make it more difficult to diagnose. It’s important to know the signs of suicidal feeling. They may include:

  • Feeling depressed, moody, socially withdrawn or aggressive
  • Suffering a recent life crisis
  • Showing changes in personality
  • Feeling worthless
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Having frequent thoughts about death
  • Talking about death and self-destruction

Seek help

Always be aware that men commit suicide more often than women. Consequently if you find yourself avoiding others, feeling hostile or worthless, thinking about death and using alcohol and drugs to numb your pain, talk with your doctor. In fact, talk to anyone you think may be able to help. In an urgent situation, a hospital emergency room or crisis centre can help.

Friends or family members may be the first to notice your uncharacteristic behaviour. Being defensive if they raise the issue could cost you your life. While some forms of depression are medical in nature and can be treated with medication, other forms are circumstantial – romance and finance, if out of sorts, will do it! Remember, you’re not the only one to feel this way. But you are the only one who can seek help.

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