'Self-reliant' men more likely to have suicidal thoughts, researchers find
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"Self-reliance was once intrinsic to the self-image of the Australian male, who valued his independence and ability to overcome obstacles alone.
But a new study has linked it to the disproportionate number of men taking their own lives.
A University of Melbourne examination of 13,884 men in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (Ten to Men) explored whether particular factors related to being male might increase the likelihood of suicide. It found those who considered themselves "self-reliant" were 34 per cent more likely to have experienced suicidal thoughts."
The article begins with the personal story of wheat and sheep farmer, John Harper, who provides an analogy all farmers can relate to:
""Isolation is basic animal instinct," Mr Harper said. "If we see a beast on its own at the farm, we know it's crook. So we bring it in, we get the best person we can to make it right and we put it back with the flock.
"But we don't do that with mental health. We've got people who go home, pull the blinds down, and what do we do? We leave the poor bastards there. If we do that with a beast, a few days later its legs are up."
Mr Harper said the first step to recovering from depression or anxiety was to let someone know – your partner, a mate, your GP – you needed help."
Read the full article here.
Beginning this Tuesday night, October 11th at 8:30pm on ABC TV is Gus Worland's Man Up TV Series:
"Harden up. Suck it up. Man up. We’ve been telling our men this for years, but is it healthy? Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australian men aged 15-44. And alarming new research suggests that some men choose to take their own life, rather than appear weak by asking for help. Man Up is a three-part documentary series and social awareness campaign, hosted by Triple M radio personality Gus Worland, which aims to get to the bottom of the male suicide crisis, effect real social change and hopefully even save lives. The first episode airs on October 11th at 8:30pm on ABC TV and iview."
I urge every bloke in Australia to watch this important series... it might just save your life. (And women ... if your bloke won't put the TV on to this channel, take the remote control and do it for him.)