Talking about suicide

We found this article really interesting as it talks about male suicide.

In the time following the Corona Virus will likely cause recession, defined as negative economic growth for two consecutive quarters. The article above connects unemployment to increased suicide rates:

One 2015 study found that for every 1% increase in unemployment there is a 0.79% increase in the suicide rate.

In Australia the statistics are very sobering for a population of 24.6 million (2017):

  • Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt.
  • In 2017, about 75% of people who died by suicide were males and 25% were females.
  • In 2017, the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was approximately twice that of non-Indigenous Australians.

The ‘Why more men than women die by suicide’ article mentions:

  • It’s the same in many other countries. Men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide in Australia and 3.5 times more likely in the US.
  • “It’s not that men don’t have the same issues as women – but they’re a little less likely to know they have whatever stresses or mental health conditions that are putting them at greater risk for suicide.” Harkavy-Friedman
  • Rather than seeking help through established channels, some men may attempt to “self-medicate”.
  • Men are nearly twice as likely as women to meet criteria for alcohol dependence.

Getting Help

Help is available in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world. Please reach out if you need to speak to somebody:


  • Samaritans – 135 247
  • Lifeline – 13 11 14

New Zealand

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666

Love, @happyops