Dr Max Pemberton: We are shamefully ignoring the plight of middle-aged men

Our thanks to Mike P for this. While the article is welcome, Dr Pemberton falls into the same trap as almost every commentator on male suicide. He rightly diagnoses some of the stressors on men which lead them to suicide, but rather than calling for those stressors to be addressed, he calls for more mental health support. The only mental health problem of so many of the men who commit suicide today is reactive depression – depression stemming from state-engineered stressors such as denial of access to children after family breakdowns, which push so many men over the edge. For many, only stoicism – a much-derided male characteristic today – prevents them from ending their lives.

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