Year: 2017 Source: 37 p. SIEC No: 20170243

With but one exception world-wide, males complete suicide at rates exceeding those of females.  The male to female suicide ratio in the United States is greater than 4:1.    Explanatory hypotheses for these findings focus on gender role behaviors, specifically the greater involvement of men in high-risk health behaviors and the greater propensity of women to seek and use supports for help when in need.  This paper explores what is known about gender differences in help-seeking behavior to determine factors that may promote increased help-seeking among men.  On the basis of this research, we propose public health intervention approaches that have potential to motivate men at-risk for suicide to seek and receive help.

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