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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Tai

SOME THINGS YOU CAN'T FIX YOUSELF

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

Suicide is the biggest killer among our men.

The following article is of sensitive content and is no way of encouragement for suicidal behavior, intention, or self-harming actions. If you, or those you know of, are experiencing any signs of suicidal intention or risk, please seek the resources provided in the article below for help. If you find any of the below content insensitive, inappropriate, or dangerous to audience members, feel free to contact me by filling in the message section via the bottom of the main page, please. Thank you.

Introduction to Male Suicides


The lives of men are being taken away by themselves more often than any other factor, yet society seems to directly associate the stereotypical “weakness” of feeling down to women. The topic of suicidal intent amongst gender differences is extremely broad and is hard to trace back to any single factor; however, recent studies have found close resemblance of male suicides and society’s traditional gender norms and roles for the male population.


Suicide Factors in Men


Each year, around 800,000 people take away their own lives while globally, men account for 86% of total firearm (gun) suicides — the most common form of suicide. This crisis has gotten so serious that the WHO has reported more than half of violent deaths amongst men were of this cause. Evaluating the reasons behind suicidal thoughts in men, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s report on mental illnesses explains how a society that emphasizes and rather celebrates masculinity leads to a decreasing show of weaknesses. Men’s lack of ability to show their emotions consequently leads to a dangerous suppression of feelings, popularly leading to self-harm and suicidal intentions or behaviors. These societal expectations for men come with their conventional responsibilities such as marrying, employment, and protection of their family. Statistics elaborates on this by showing how every 1% increase in employment leads to a 0.79% increase in the suicide rate. Other than gender stereotypes in society, reports have shown how depression often goes undiagnosed in men due to their use of “stress” as an explanation rather than feelings of sadness or hopelessness. Men are also less likely to seek help when encountering symptoms of depression. This refusal of professional medical help can be accompanied by their belief in self-treatment, coming in common terms as drug or alcohol usage.


What Can I Do to Help?


Reports show 80-90% of suicide victims have a history of depression; hence, a great way to prevent suicidal behavior for yourself or those around is to look for signs of depression. Oftentimes, it is hard for us to distinguish between the common blues and depression but with various resources out there, signs of depression could be fairly easy to spot. Symptoms from changes in appetite, sleep, or interests, to lasting feelings of sadness or hopelessness, should not be ignored. Not only is speaking to a therapist helpful, opening up about suicidal thoughts to a close friend or family member has been proven to decrease one’s chance of suicide. Perhaps at this point in history, the most common misconception that needs to be addressed it that there is absolutely nothing wrong with having suicidal thoughts. It might come as a shock to us but people around the world are being disowned by their family members and looked down upon by their community simply because they were brave enough to speak about their depression or self-harming intentions. With parts of the world perceiving suicidal thoughts as a disgrace, those suffering from situations as such are pushed away from real solutions, furthermore encouraging their incentive of ending their life. Choosing a different approach to suicidal thoughts allows for the normalization of the topic and brings to a healthy solution.


Resources and Solutions


Suicidal intentions and thoughts of self-harm come differently for everyone; however, we can all agree that some things are beyond our own ability to fix. It is important to keep in mind how depression is nothing abnormal, neither is taking medication to fix this condition. From just a simple “how are you doing today?” to supporting research centers and organizations studying and working to save lives, prevention is possible. Feel free to learn more about this issue or find solutions by clicking the links provided below.


Resource Links:






Taiwan Suicide Prevention Resources:



0800 788 995 [Hotline]

tspc-fb@tsos.org.tw [Email]


Works Cited


"Firearm Suicide in the United States", Every Town Research Organization, August 30 2019, https://everytownresearch.org/firearm-suicide/, February 16 2020.


Kennard, Jerry, "Understanding Suicide Among Men", verywell mind, January 31 2020, https://www.verywellmind.com/men-and-suicide-2328492, February 16 2020.


"Men and Suicide", centre for suicide prevention, https://www.suicideinfo.ca/resource/men-and-suicide/, February 16 2020.


Schumacher, Helene. "Why more men than women die by suicide", BBC, March 18 2019, https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190313-why-more-men-kill-themselves-than-women, February 16 2020.


Shahtahmasebi, Said. "Examining the claim that 80-90% of Suicide Cases Had Depression", US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, December 6 2013, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3860001/, February 16 2020.

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