Preventing Suicide Among Men Middle Years

The greatest burdens of suicide, in terms of potential years of life lost or potential earnings lost, occur among men between 25 to 54 years old, reflecting fundamental demographic characteristics of the population and sustained elevated rates across these years. Yet, the individuals who comprise this broader population generally have received the least attention from many of those who are committed to developing methods of prevention and clinical intervention. Any prevention effort that seeks to develop a high level of effectiveness must give careful attention to those approaches that “capture” large elements of the general population, as well as those who carry especially high risk. Men in the middle years, in particular, will need to be a principal target.