Men aged 85 and older have the highest suicide rates in Australia, but the tragedy has gone relatively unnoticed. Researchers from the University of New South Wales have written an article for The Conversation looking at how to reverse the trend.
The researchers suggest meeting men where they are and listening to their voices by designing programs in partnership with them. This means better understanding men’s barriers to suicide interventions. These include a lack of trust in traditional services and an aversion to “formal” supports that frame emotional distress and suicidal behaviours as mental illness.It also means exploring, developing and funding new options that are acceptable, relevant and accessible, such as gendered support, peer-led programs, community-based informal support and programs combining exercise with mental health promotion.
Support services are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Lifeline: 13 11 14 or chat online
- Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800 (for people aged 5 to 25)
- MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
- StandBy – Support After Suicide: 1300 727 24