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.
The Samaritans report provides a useful analysis of the common determinants of male suicide in disadvantaged males of middle age.
Overview Of Contents
The report examines male suicide in light of:
- Psychology and personality factors
- Relationship breakdown
- Emotional lives and social disconnectedness
- Men in their mid years today
- Socio-economic position
The report was produced in recognition of the marked trend of suicides being undertaken by middle aged men, which prompted the questions of how to reach them and what communication and intervention strategies worked in this age group.
The report provides several recommendations for services that take a broader approach to suicide prevention, including intervention in younger men to prevent problems ocurring later on.
- Research Report: Middle Aged Men and Suicide -2.59 MB
Research from the "We're In Your Corner" campaign.
- Poster Materials from the Campaign
- Video: Men, Stress And Suicide (Youtube video 6.04 minutes)
Supporting the campaign 'We're in your Corner' 2012 the Samaritans went out on the streets of Ealing, London and asked middle-aged men about the pressures they feel in today's society, how they deal with stress, and getting emotional.
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