CSP’s Librarian and Writer Robert Olson was on CBC Radio this morning discussing men and boys suicide risk for mental health week.
Men and boys are the focus of #MHW2015 because they have the highest rates of suicide. Men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide. One of the main reasons for the high men’s suicide rate is that men are socialized from a very young age to “suck it up,” and essentially hold-in their emotions, which can be extremely detrimental to their mental health.
“We’re raised to take stressors in stride, to suck it up, take it like a man,” said Olson. “It prevents a lot of men who are in distress … to seek the help that they so drastically need.”