Recent figures have indicated that young men are no longer classified as a high suicide risk. It points to those born during the 1950s and 1960s as being most at risk of taking their own lives.
The survey shows that middle aged men have seen their careers abruptly halted by the recession and this has seen an increase in the number of suicides in this age group. The total number of suicides in the UK has fallen drastically in recent years for other age groups, but it has soared among males in their 40s and 50s.
An interesting fact is that this same generation, those born between the early ‘50s and early ‘70s, raised concerns about high suicide rates among younger men two decades ago. This particular generation has been put at high risk due to the decline of heavy industry during the 1980s and 1990s, along with the social changes that have affected their family and work life. The Office for National Statistics has released new figures which indicate that the number of men in the age group between 45 and 59 committing suicide was around 40% higher in 2012 than it was ten years previously.
Charities, such as the Samaritans, are focusing on ways to determine the reason for this phenomenon. According to statistics, about 6,000 British people committed suicide during 2012. This figure decreased by 64 when compared to the previous year. The overall rate of suicide has reduced to 11.6 per 100000 people. Of the total number who took their own life during 2012, 75% were males.
The suicide rate among males in their early 40s is currently at 25.9 per 100000 people. This figure is more than double that of the national level. Of all the suicides that occur in Britain, 25% involve males between the ages of 44 and 59. This rate is currently at 23 per 100000 which is 26% higher than it was a decade ago.
Research has indicated the changes that have occurred in the lives of middle aged men can be blamed for the situation. Their family and work lives as they once knew it has changed dramatically over the years.
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