Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre
A Review Of Male Deaths By Suicide

Suicide is perhaps the most gendered health issue with a proportion of around four males for every female. The issues and contexts of suicide are complex and it is a product of many factors which makes it a difficult problem to address. These resources offer some of the personal insights into the causes and factors that lead to suicide in men. These personal accounts offer perhaps a more valuable set of insights into why ending life becomes the only option for many men and boys.

Every life: The Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2019-2029

Every life: The Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2019-2029 (Every life) was launched on World Suicide Prevention Day, 10 September 2019, by the Hon Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services.

Every life, a renewed whole-of-government approach to suicide prevention, outlines Queensland Government led actions which aim to bring about a meaningful reduction in suicide over the next decade. Actions will engage government, non-government, community and private sectors partners. The plan, informed by extensive consultation with a broad range of stakeholders including people with a lived experience, is built across four areas:

  • •             Building resilience by improving wellbeing in our people and communities
  • •             Reducing vulnerability by strengthening support to vulnerable people
  • •             Enhancing responsiveness to suicidality
  • •             Working together to achieve more

Every life recognises that suicide is preventable and emphasises the vital importance of working together to reduce suicide. It acknowledges that effective suicide prevention requires responses beyond health services and must incorporate the voices of people with lived experience.

Understanding that change will take time, Every life is a 10-year plan with three distinct phases. Each phase will be reviewed and refreshed, with the second and third phases building on achievements and learnings from the previous phase.

Phase One has been backed by an $80.1 million commitment as part of the 2019 Queensland Budget, with investments in initiatives including mental health supports in schools, enhancements to crisis care, and community-led approaches to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth suicide prevention.

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention; MHIRC - Issue 10

We are pleased to be able to say that we may be having some influence in how we think about suicide. As a result of people reading the Bulletin, we are being approached from people around the country to discuss and publicise our views. Two recent examples:

  1. September 2 we were featured in the Mercury (Hobart) newspaper You can access through the MHIRC Facebook link

Talking Point: Suicide is about more than mental illness

  1. September 12 - a radio interview for Dads on the Air [to be aired Sept 12]
A Paradigm Shift in Suicide Prevention

Contents of this issue:

Publicity of the Situational Approach

Social Determinants of Mental Health

Men’s Mental Health

Harm from antidepressants

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC: Bulletin 9

Welcome to the ninth edition of our Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention Bulletin.We welcome feedback, and would of course be very happy to have a conversation with any people or organisations who are working in this vital area.


Contents of this issue:

Welcoming Ms. Christine Morgan as National Suicide Prevention Adviser

Challenging the ADHD consensus

It’s not mental illness but despair

PsychWatch Australia - Scrutinising Mental Health Policy + Practice

The Global ‘Mental Health’ Movement – Cause For Concern

Resources – youcanhelp

In Our Words


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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 8

The Situational Approach - A new approach to suicide prevention: This approach acknowledges the predominant association of situational distress, rather than mental illness, with suicide (though in some cases the two are linked), and is principally informed by and responds to risk factors of a broad spectrum of difficult human experiences across the life span. This approach is also mindful of and wherever possible seeks to address: contextual, systemic, and socio-cultural risk and protective factors and determinants: the real world of individuals’ lived experience.

The approach is being promoted by Mengage at MHIRC (WSU) and we welcome the words of the newly appointed National Suicide Prevention Adviser, Ms, Christine Morgan, quoted in the SMH (July 15th) as saying:

"We have to look further upstream, right away from the immediate suicide crisis. Are there things happening to people that we can work on that might stop them. Let's take ourselves outside health and look at some of the other risk factors and see if by addressing those we get some change."

MHIRC runs a drop in centre for Suicide prevention in Western Sydney on this basis and is looking for other projects with this approach.

The Situational Approach Bulletin is published monthly on Mengage.

Contents of this issue:

  1. International confirmation of key tenets of the ‘Situational Approach’
  2. UN statement challenging ‘biomedical model of ‘mental health’
  3. Belgium – Superior Health Council
  4. PsychWatch
  • Latest blogs
  • Seven year old girl on antidepressants


In our Words - Charles

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 7

Contents of this issue:

Mortality of People Using Mental Health system and Prescription Medications

Medicalisation-nation: Australia’s growing public policy dependence on drugs

Primary Health Networks caught between a rock and a hard place

How big pharma gets what it wants

Mental Health Concerns Not “Brain Disorders,” Say Researchers

Launch of Mad in Sweden

In Our Words - Buddy

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 4

Contents of this issue:

Creating a National Data Matrix – for Effective Situational Suicide Prevention

A ‘Situational Approach’ to Mental Health Literacy in Australia

'Pathways to despair : a study of male suicide (aged 25-44)

Suicide Deaths and Employment Status

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 2

Inside this issue:

  • UN Paper
  • Sir Michael Marmot visits Mt Druitt Shed
  • The Situational Approach –Deficits of the Current Approach
  • Dr John Ashfield feature in newsletter NSW The Country Web 
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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 6

Contents of this issue:

Men’s Health Week: 2019

The Situational Approach on the International Stage

GP training in the UK

Mental Health and Children

- The alarming impact of the diagnostically-based paradigm of care on children

- Antidepressants increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children

Suicidality in Children and Adolescents Being Treated With Antidepressant Medications

“Mental Health Awareness” and Schoolchildren


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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC - Issue 5

Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention MHIRC. WSU ed Anthony Smith - Bulletin no. 4

Contents of this issue:

A Strong Mission Statement for Mad In the UK

Community-led solutions are key to reducing Aboriginal youth suicide

Meta-analysis Finds Asking About Suicidal Thoughts Does Not Predict Suicide

Scholars Respond to the APA’s Guidance for Treating Men and Boys

Leadership coming from the Sporting Journalism

The Shed – Mt Druitt: In Our Words

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention Bulletin Issue 3

Welcome to the third edition of our Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention Bulletin. We are hopeful of a big 2019; certainly the response to the Situational Approach on the international stage is very encouraging.

Contents of this issue:

  • The Situational Approach on the International Stage
        Health Specialist training in UK
        'Madness of our Mental Health System’ published in Mad in America
  • Suicide and mental disorders: A discourse of politics, power, and vested interests
  • Communications and mass media – suicide prevention and mental health literacy 
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Vets abandon profession as suicide rate remains high

Australia has been in the grips of a national veterinarian shortage as vets leave the profession due to long working hours, "emotional blackmail" and prolonged stress. Read more here. 

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Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention -Monthly Bulletin

Welcome to the first edition of our Situational Approach to Suicide Prevention Bulletin. MHIRC is part of a growing movement promoting a different way of thinking and acting to slow the alarming rate of suicide.

The increase in Australia's suicide rate is a tragedy that needs to be met with proven responses across crisis, early intervention and prevention initiatives. This new approach seeks to prevent suicide by paying particular attention to the social/situational factors that lead to suicide - such as unemployment, family breakdown, isolation, dispossession and trauma.

We welcome feedback, and would of course be very happy to have conversation with any people or organisations who are working in this vital area.

Please click on this link to access the Bulletin Issue 1 November 2018

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Suicide Prevention Australia: Position Paper On Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide Prevention

suicideprevention logo This document is Suicide Prevention Australia's position on the interaction between drugs, alcohol and suicide. It is acknowledged that the presence of alcohol and drugs can heighten the likelihood of suicide or suicidal feelings. 

"The recognition of AOD abuse as a mental illness remains poorly understood by the public and policy makers..."

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LIFE: Evidence On Suicide And Men


The Life Framework (Living Is For Everyone) is a program based in WA that aims to support people in life with a significant evidence base.

The LIFE Framework is a National Suicide Prevention Strategy project managed by Crisis Support Services on behalf of the Department of Health and Ageing. The project aims to improve access to suicide and self-harm prevention activities in Australia through the promotion of the LIFE resources and website and improve communication between suicide prevention stakeholders in Australia.

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Beyondblue: The Ripple Effect

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The Ripple Effect is part of beyondblue's STRIDE Project. It investigates what works to reduce self-stigma and perceived stigma among males from the farming community ages 30-64 years, who have either lost someone to suicide, attempted suicide, had thoughts of suicide, have cared for someone who has attempted suicide, or have been affected by suicide in some way.

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John Ashfield PhD: Preventing Suicide in Indigenous Communities

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This booklet contains information for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous health professionals, community leaders and key community members seeking to gain better knowledge about suicide prevention in Aboriginal communities. 

Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men is on average 11 years shorter, and they suffer worse health outcomes than Non-Indigenous men. MENGAGE fully supports the work of John Ashfield, PhD improving efforts in suicide prevention for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

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MATES in Construction: Suicide In The Construction Industry

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The MATES in Construction charity was established by The Building Employees Redundancy Trust (BERT) in 2008 to reduce suicide in the construction industry and improve the mental health and wellbeing of Queensland construction workers. It has since become available in NSW, SA and WA.

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The Samaritans: Men, Suicide And Society: Why Disadvantaged Men Die By Suicide

Men and Suicide Research Report 270912 1 This UK report provides an extensive overview of the many of the factors that lead to a man's suicide, and as such it offers a detailed and extensive overview of causes and factors.

Middle age is often reported as a time of particular stress for men (and women). The combination of rising stresses imposed by dynamics around careers, family, personal life experiences and many other factors can contribute to a feeling of being 'stuck by your choices' - too hard to change direction yet still so much to live for.

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Suicide Prevention Australia: Position Paper On Suicide In Rural Australia

suicide prevention au logo Despite rising rates of suicide, it is only relatively recently that interest has been directed towards the relationship between suicide and geographical location. As a consequence, several studies have demonstrated that notable differences exist between urban-rural suicide rates.

"Improved mental health literacy, accessibility of services and resources, and coordinated initiatives that encourage help-seeking remain central to minimising the risk of suicide..."

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AMHF: The Need For Male-Friendly Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Australia...

amhf logo While men account for 75.7% of all suicides, the majority of time, money and energy invested in researching and preventing suicide fails to target male suicide. The Australian Men's Health Forum recommends male-friendly approaches to suicide in Australia.

"Suicide kills six men a day in Australia. It is the leading killer of men and boys under 45 and claims more lives than road traffic accidents..."

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