Suicide Among Men

The BBC recently reported that in 2013, that over four and a half thousand men took their lives. Since records began, there has been a dramatic increase in suicides among men in recent years, particularly men aged between 30 and 45. The reasons suggested for this dramatic increase in suicide include financial issues such as debt. What is equally surprising is that nearly a quarter of all men who committed suicide in 2013 had sought help for the emotional issues. What type of help these men sought and received is not mentioned.

I suspect the first help these men sought was from their GP. They likely walked away from a brief appointment with their GP with a prescription for medication. In some instances medication might have helped briefly, but the grim statistics indicate that tablets fall far short of the help these men needed. Men who think of committing suicide, or worse attempt and succeed, have usually been depressed for a long period of time. The depression is usually accompanied by anxiety, anger and a profound sense of hopelessness or powerlessness. Men should see their GP, but men suffering with depression, or suicidal impulses brought about by personal circumstances need comprehensive help that includes counseling and suggestion therapy. CBT and NLP can help too, but some men may even need depth psychology or psychoanalysis to really get to the cause of the depression.