Our thanks to R for this.
Suicide is the leading cause of death of men under 50, leading to 26% of those deaths. We should not be surprised that divorced men kill themselves at such a higher rate than divorced women. They’re assaulted financially by divorce courts, and ripped out of their children’s lives by ‘family’ courts. Anyone who has spent more than a short time supporting men denied access to their children will have worked with men who subsequently killed themselves. It’s also known a lack of support available for male victims of domestic violence is contributing to the male suicide rate. How could it not be?
The male:female suicide rate differential almost doubled between 1982 and 2012, from 1.69:1 to 3.3:1. The government has no interest in male suicide. Central government is spending £1.5 million on six studies researching into suicide, none of them charged with specifically investigating male suicide. Meanwhile taxpayers are spending £30 million – 20 times as much – encouraging women into engineering. Suicide is covered in pp46-48 of our general election manifesto.