10 September: World Suicide Prevention Day

Our thanks to Stuart for this from the International Association for Suicide Prevention ‘in official relations with the World Health Organization’. The associated factsheet declines to mention that a majority of suicide victims are male. An extract:

Experiencing conflict, disaster, violence, abuse, or loss and a sense of isolation are strongly associated with suicidal behaviour. Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners.

Men account for over 75% of suicides in the UK, and in most nations the proportion is somewhat higher.

The materials on offer to journalists and others include a PowerPoint presentation, World Suicide Prevention Day: Facts and Figures. It consists of 19 slides, and the fact that most suicide victims are men is not mentioned on any of them.

WHO is one of the key organizations – along with UNAIDS – behind the almost certainly futile (and possibly even counter-productive) programme of circumcising 20 million sub-Saharan Africans, in an attempt to slow the spread of HIV. The scientific justification for the programme is utterly woeful. We recommend this video (11:25) by 5hadowfax.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • cheannaich

    Seems to be the standard narrative with international organisations, national governments, local government, and any organisation that relies on them for an income, whereby the victim/oppressed/disadvantaged/excluded are never males.
    Last year York University demonstrated this by suddenly realising that support for IMD automatically undermined the dire need to support the privileged , mainly white, middle class females that screamed misogyny.