May 14th, 2020
Six million men are affected by depression every year. While mental illness impacts both men and women, men are less likely to seek treatment due to social norms, reluctance to talk and downplaying symptoms.
June is Men’s Health Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of health challenges affecting men, while encouraging them to seek help when needed.
Data from the American Society for Suicide Prevention shows men are more than 3.5 times more likely than women to commit suicide. In addition, middle-aged adults have the highest rates of suicide, with 20.2% of all suicides in 2017 occurring in adults 45 to 64 and 20.1% in adults 85 and older. Men who are 65 and older face the highest risk of suicide.
As healthcare providers, we work tirelessly to improve these statistics by promoting awareness among caregivers and loved ones, and working to provide resources and assistance to those suffering from mental health issues, like depression, likely to lead to suicidal thoughts. Understanding the risks of suicide is critical to prevention and early identification of suicidal thoughts.
Recognizing Risk Factors
There are often several health factors that go along with aging, which can impact seniors’ quality of life. Some of these include:
Look for Clues
Often, older adults exhibit behaviors that can be indicative of possible suicidal tendencies, such as:
While the rates of suicide in older adults, especially men, are currently high, prevention programs that utilize depression screening combined with health education can significantly reduce suicide among the elderly. Download our depression screening tool here.
For physicians, nurses, case workers and other healthcare professionals, it is important to take into consideration the increased risk of depression and suicide for patients later in life.
Oceans Healthcare is specially trained to treat many types of behavioral health problems in older adults and seniors. For more information or to find an Oceans mental health services provider in your area, please visit www.oceanshealthcare.com.
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