Year: 2023 Source: Crisis. (2017). 38(6), 363–366. DOI: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000514 SIEC No: 20231538
Suicide figures are declining globally. Most recent estimates suggest 788,000 deaths in 2015 as representative of the global mortality due to suicide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2017). Despite these changes, older adults continue to represent the segment of population most exposed to the risk of suicide nearly everywhere in the world. The gender paradox in suicide rates (i.e., the difference between sexes that sees a greater prevalence of fatal acts among male individuals) is often explained by the more developed skills in help-seeking behavior of female subjects, and the use of more lethal suicide methods in males (such as the use of firearms and hanging; Kõlves, McDonough, Crompton, & De Leo, 2017; Schriivers, Bollen, & Sabbe, 2012). This editorial further discusses possible reasons behind failing to intercept suicidal trajectories, why the gender paradox is still an issue, as well as future strategies addressing suicide prevention in the aging population.