Franklin James Cook

Suicide among U.S. Men Explored in Popular Magazine

In Prevention on November 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

David Jobes

David Jobes

ORIGINAL ARTICLE — An in-depth article on men and suicide is available in the current issue of Men’s Health magazine. The article is substantive and comprehensive, featuring interviews from numerous suicide prevention researchers and clinicians, including Thomas Joiner, John Draper, Mark Kaplan, Lisa Firestone, and David Jobes.

“I think every man is capable of reaching a desperate place where suicide can move onto his psychological radar screen,” says Jobes. “But who goes there, when, how, and why is this unique interplay of biochemistry, social forces, family modeling, and other factors. How those queue up is remarkably complex and specific to the man who’s struggling at that moment.”

The article goes a long way toward shedding light on “who goes there, when, how, and why” among men, and it highlights what Jobes calls “the 800-pound gorilla”: As the article points out, four times more men than women die by suicide in the United States, and “70 percent of all suicides by men occur in life’s prime,” making men in their middle years the group with the largest number of suicide fatalities even as they receive scant attention from prevention programs.

“Men in the overall U.S. population just haven’t been the focus of a lot of suicide-prevention efforts,” [says] Kerry L. Knox, Ph.D., director of the Canandaigua Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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