Healthy Living

Suicide Prevention Program For Middle-Aged Men

According to statistics, suicide is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Yet, every time there’s a discussion about death and its common causes, it’s strange that suicide is often left behind, with the answers immediately going to deadly diseases such as cancer or heart disease.

It’s often overlooked, even though it’s found to be the most common cause of death for young people, especially teenagers, only second to road accidents.

Of course, there’s still an underlying reason behind all this. First of all, suicide itself is not an easy subject to talk about. It’s a sensitive topic and not knowing about what to say without coming off as insensitive is definitely a factor as to why it’s mostly spoken about in hushed tones.

But the numbers are there and they are real. According to the World Health Organization, around 800,000 people every year fall victim to suicide, translating to about a person dying every 40 seconds. Furthermore, a large number of these victims are also young people.

And while these numbers are disconcerting, it’s also important to understand that suicide affects all ages. In particular, middle-aged men in the U.S. are falling prey to it. In fact, it is the age group that has seen an increase in number in the recent years.

As a result, researchers recently examined the most important factors in preventing suicide among middle-aged men in hopes of potentially developing a multimedia program that can help doctors with their patients.

This is because per the study, men often go to primary healthcare settings for help, where proper education and training about suicidal thoughts are lacking. It also doesn’t help that other factors such as gender norms and social stigma come into play, further reducing the chances of detecting it early.

The research, which was conducted via interviews, then led to the creation of a program named Men and Providers Preventing Suicide (MAPS). The multimedia program is aimed at informing both health practitioners and patients about the condition and how it can be curbed, discussed thoroughly and prevented.

How this will affect the general populace still remains unclear. But the researchers who developed it are hoping it can make a difference, no matter how small.

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