At the risk of sounding sexist… Men like numbers… or more specifically stats. WHIP, ERA, Ks, pass completion rate, Quarterback rating and many other stats, depending on their favorite sport or team, they can usually rattle these stats off at a moments notice, to defend their favorite player or to claim who is the best.
But bring up the discussion of depression and suicide and suddenly the numbers are hard to come by… but here they are in black and white.
Men are 3.5 times more likely to commit suicide than women.
White males accounted for 7 of every 10 suicides in 2015
Firearms are the most common method used, accounting for just less than half of men’s suicides.
For every suicide, there are approximately 25 others who have attempted suicide.
Approximately 93 men die per day by suicide, and when you realize that for every successful suicide another 25 attempt it, that means more than 2400 men attempt suicide, or more than 1 every minute, of every day.
These aren’t the sort of stats that you will bandied about by the water cooler on a Monday morning. But perhaps they should be. With suicide rates among men on the rise, we are quickly approaching (if we haven’t already reached) epidemic proportions.