Sunday, March 28, 2010

Barbara Kay: The suicide double-standard

Barbara Kay: The suicide double-standard

I think that this quote hits home on the point:

If the figures were reversed, and women were committing suicide at the rates of men, we can be sure that it would be considered a national crisis, one on which a great deal of money, media attention and authentic concern would be lavished. As of now, the only research being carried out on male suicide is being done by activists in the fathers’ rights movement.
Now, I don't want to belittle the women's movement here, but I think that it is sad that the focus is on women's suicide rates when on a pure numbers basis, the increase to men's suicides was still greater than the increase to women's. Men commit suicide 4 times more often than women, and I think that the focus of the research should revolve around why that is. Hopefully Barbara's column takes a step in the right direction.

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