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Ending it all: divorce and suicide 9th September 2017
A total of 4,941 people ended their lives in England and Wales last year, the ONS explains, noting that the three demographic groups most at risk are: divorced people, men, and those living in economically disadvantaged areas. This naturally places divorced men in a particularly invidious position: in 2015 they were close three times more likely to take their own lives (27.4 per 100,000 compared to 9.6 per 100,000 divorced women).
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For example, a 2008 study out of the U.K. concluded that suicide and divorce rates saw parallel increases and a simultaneous peak in the late 1990s.
Suicide rates are reported to be of "epidemic" proportions among separated and divorced fathers struggling to maintain a parenting relationship with their children (Baume, 1994; Cantor & Slater 1995; Ksopowa, 2002) Cantor & Slater (1995) show the risk of suicide is far higher for men in the period following marital separation––the suicide risk among separated men was 18 times that of separated women––but, after divorce, the rates for men declined to three times those of women. Separated men are also six times more likely to commit suicide than married men, with separated men under 29 being particularly vulnerable.
Anne Harris also raised the subject of male suicides and when David Mortimer said there are 50 male suicides per week, John Dunworth made a note of this. He asked Dave where his information came from. Dave responded that it was from the ONS Department and although this figure had remained the same for the last 10 years, he had noticed that female suicide over the same period had reduced. Dave asked John could this be that the funding Women’s Aid were given helped towards this year on year reduction. John commented that not all male suicides were necessarily caused by psychological abuse – there were other reasons too.
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