What Causes Suicide in Men

John Oliffe, RN, MEd, PhD, discusses What Causes Suicide in Men.

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John Oliffe, RN, MEd, PhD, discusses What Causes Suicide in Men.
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Featuring Dr. John Ogrodniczuk, PhD

Video Title: What Causes Suicide in Men Duration: 57 seconds

There's a number of reasons for men's suicide rates being so high.

I think the severe depression is one of the pathways to suicide, and if we backtrack and think about men's help-seeking behaviors, oftentimes we'll find that men don't have a relationship with a physician or a family physician, or a doctor.

And so they are more likely to stay at home and think about the symptoms that are going on for them, to perhaps talk to a partner reluctantly about what's happening, and eventually seek help, so oftentimes it's quite late in the illness.

So men are so reluctant to seek help that suicide can emerge as a possible answer as a viable solution to the pain that can occur in depression, the physical, emotional and psychological pain that goes along with that.

Presenter: Dr. John Oliffe, Psychologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Psychologist

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Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

Questions True False  
1 Suicide in men is often precipitated by severe depression.

 
2 Suicide rates are typically higher in women than in men.

 
3 Men can often have poor help seeking behaviours and therefore receive help late in their illness.  Suicide is often a way that men can escape the psychological and emotional pain of depression.

 

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