Male Suicide Rates Massively Increase

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by JACK HADFIELD | Breitbart.com28 Apr 2016

What if I told you that the percentage of men taking their own lives had, in the past fifteen years, soared to unprecedented heights, increasing 62% faster than the percentage of women doing the same?

According to a recent report by the CDC detailing changes in suicide rates from 1999 to 2014, that  is precisely the case. Of course, if you read only media outlets obsessed with “war on women” talking points, you could be forgiven for missing it. “Suicide Rates Climb In U.S., Especially Among Adolescent Girls” reads an NPR headline, in an article that goes on to focus almost exclusively on the fairer (and less suicidally depressed) sex. The article even includes a graph of female suicides, declaring “Women’s Suicide Rates Increase For All Age Groups Under 75,” while neglecting to include the same information for men. Had it been included, it would have shown even larger numbers.

The CDC report states that the female suicide rate has increased from 4.0 women per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.8 in 2014. Meanwhile the male suicide rate, already at 17.8 per 100,00 in 1999, has increased to 20.8 in 2014. In other words, female suicide rates have increased by 1.8 women out of 100,000, while men’s have increased by 2.9 — 62% faster!

Perversely, the fact that men were already killing themselves at such high rates compared to women in 1999 has been used as pretext to ignore the fact that their suicide rates continue to climb faster. These increases are relatively small as a percentage of what the figure already was, which gives journalists cover to turn a primarily male crisis into grist for more of the usual hand-wringing about the plight of women. No doubt progressive media would pick up on it if there were similar increases among politically favored identity groups historically known for high rates of suicide, such as gays and transgenders.

The CDC report provides us with hard statistics that should be a shocking wake up call to the news organizations of the west that there is a huge problem with male suicide that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, it seems that this “revelation” will not happen any time soon.

Jack Hadfield is a student at Warwick Univeristy and a regular contributor to Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter here: @ToryBastard_.

Related:

The silent epidemic of male suicide” –British Columbia Medical Journal

“A lack of public awareness and too few explanatory frameworks and preventive efforts specifically targeting male suicide have made a major public health problem largely invisible.” That was in 2011. Today the CDC strives to render male suicide completely invisible, as leading feminists do with other male issues such as men’s heart disease.

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5 Responses to Male Suicide Rates Massively Increase

  1. Dave DuBay says:

    You make an important point here that suicide is overwhelmingly a male phenomenon, but when the media looks at gender they more often write about female suicide rates.

    I’d add that the male suicide rate is often dismissed by saying that women attempt suicide more but men use more lethal methods. But this avoids the question of why men use more lethal methods. A suicide attempt is a cry for help, and it shows that the person (at some level) believes people will listen. But if you don’t believe anyone will listen you don’t attempt suicide – you actually do it. And men don’t feel like people will listen to them about personal issues. Instead, people listen to men talk about impersonal stuff like sports or politics, but that doesn’t help a suicidal man.

    You nicely highlight a problem with statistics: lack of context. “These increases are relatively small as a percentage of what the figure already was, which gives journalists cover to turn a primarily male crisis into grist for more of the usual hand-wringing about the plight of women.”

    Although in raw numbers the increase in suicides has been mostly male (62% more), the media story is that women’s suicide rates have increased more. The media are looking at it proportionally, however. You noted that the suicide rate increased from “4.0 women per 100,000 in 1999 to 5.8 in 2014” compared to “17.8 per 100,000 in 1999” for men increasing “to 20.8 in 2014.” So, for women a 1.8 increase over 4.0 is a 45% increase while a 3.0 increase over 17.8 for men is a 17% increase. So with a statistical slight of hand that fact that almost 4 out of 5 suicides are male disappears.

    • Dave, very well done. Readers will benefit from your comment. Thanks much.

      BTW, the media treat the sexes’ heart disease the same way. One day, huge numbers of men will wake up and say, “I’m not going to take this any more.”

    • Paul Murray says:

      When someone swallows a bottle of pills and then calls the ambulance, that is not a suicide *attempt* – it is a suicide *gesture*.

  2. Paul Murray says:

    Percentages like this – I always like to plot them by taking log(p/(1-p)).

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