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I have had discussions with people about gender differences and issues and multiple times they have brought up the suicide statistic that up to 80% of suicide victims are male. It's been brought up by people with the view is that it is actually men who have it worse than women in society. If most suicide victims are male, then there must be something wrong society that makes men die by suicide at such a high rate right? there must be something in society that's so anti-male to causes this right? and maybe society isn't actually so anti-female after all?
It is true that men are more likely to die by suicide than women, but it is inappropriate to draw a conclusion that society treats men worse than women, which is what I have noticed in discussions with people.
There is something that they don't take into account. The gender differences in suicidal behaviors.
According to the American Association of Suicidology (based on a SAMHSA study), for every victim who lost their life to suicide, there are 25 other persons who attempted suicide and, fortunately, did not succeed in ending their lives. http://lostallhope.com/suicide-statistics. Other statistics suggest that in the U.S, for every successful suicide attempt, there are 33 failed attempts.
There are nearly 30 different methods of suicide and all have varying degrees of lethality, varying lengths of duration it takes for the method to end the victim's life and also varying degrees of agony. (Before you click this link => http://lostallhope.com/suicide-methods/statistics-most-lethal-methods, if you are going through a difficult time in your life and have had thoughts of suicide, please seek help here => http://lostallhope.com/help-me/surviving-today or call the one of the numbers provided in the title of this mytake. I will be very minimal in my specification of the types of methods within the mytake. You may click here => http://lostallhope.com/suicide-methods/statistics-most-lethal-methods and view an informative but light-to-read table.
The link concerning the most lethal methods discusses the difference in preferred suicide methods between men and women. Males tend to choose the most lethal and quickest methods, and females tend to choose methods varying in lethality, duration, and agony.
A longer duration provides a higher chance for the person attempting suicide to be caught and receive intervention and some attempts fail without any intervention or a transfer to a hospital.
Women are three times more likely to make an unsuccessful attempt than a man, yet will attempt suicide two to three times more often.
So women are attempting suicide at a higher rate then men. But men, unfortunately, are more successful in their attempts, placing more men in the death by suicide statistic and placing even more women in the failed suicide attempt statistic.
Although women are more likely than men to survive a suicide attempt, many of those unsuccessful attempts end up with people having nasty short or long term health implications. So although you may survive your suicide attempt, that attempt may alter you permanently for the rest of your life.
There is also the factor of age people have overlooked when talking to me about this issue. Teenagers have a success rate of 1 in 100-200 while the elderly have a success rate of 1 in 4. Younger women are at a high risk of attempting suicide than men while women over 50 make attempts at a slightly lower rate than men.
This is not the point of this mytake, but there is a link between lower rates of gun ownership and lower suicide rates. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/magazine/guns-and-suicide/ . Even if someone turns to a different method instead of the gun method, the gun method is one if not the most lethal method, and the different method they turn to may be a less lethal one, increasing the chance of the person failing their attempt.
Also, by lowering suicide rates in the LGBT community, you would be lowering the high rate of male suicide victims. Maybe there is something in society that is anti-gay that contributes to a high rate of male suicide victims? Actually, not maybe, of course there is.
So to say that there is something anti-male in society that has caused a higher rate of male suicide victims than female victims, you are leaving out a lot of context and it is inappropriate to make that conclusion.
It is just as bad as saying women earn 70c for every $1 a man earns without including the context of hours worked, maternity leave and other factors. So stop it.
All information in the mytake is supported by the provided links.