Family break-ups, lack of jobs drive men to suicideDecember 2nd, 2008 - 12:42 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 2 (IANS) Family break-ups, lack of jobs or denial of access to their children might drive men to suicide, rather than depression or other mental illness.John Macdonald, joint director of the University of Western Sydney (USW), Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC) and colleagues conducted a qualitative study of suicide in men aged between 25 and 44.
“Many men are overwhelmed by social problems like unemployment, family break-ups and not having access to their children. When a number of these social factors come together, they can be enough to send a man over the edge and contemplate self-harm,” said Macdonald.
The research showed the pathways towards suicide included a mix of issues to do with employment - overwork or insecurity, adverse childhood experiences and consequent involvement with drugs and alcohol, according to a USW release.
Mental health problems are still sometimes directly involved and difficult events can lead to mental stress, he added.