Answer In Stopping Suicide Is For People To Talk

Answer In Stopping Suicide Is For People To Talk

Australian Bureau Of Statistics

Men’s Mental Health: Let’s Talk About It

Victor P Taffa

Around 1.5 Million Australian men aged 18 years and over (17 %) had a self-reported mental or behavioural condition in 2014-15, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Dr. Paul Jelfs, ABS General Manager of Population and Social Statistics, said that the most common mental or behavioural conditions for Australian men were anxiety-related conditions and depression, with the same proportion of men reporting either of these conditions (both 10 %).

“It’s important to get more men talking about how they’re feeling, with suicide being the leading cause of death for men aged 15 to 44 years in 2015.” Dr. Jelfs said.

“As physical health, financial and family stressors can all impact men’s mental health, it is important to stay in contact with people who are going through a stressful time.”

In 2014:

  • 60 % of men experienced personal stressors that had affected them, their family, or a close friend.
  • 21 % of men had experienced a serious illness,
  • 19 % reported a death of a family member or close friend,
  • 17 % was unable to get a job,
  • 11 % experienced a divorce or separation.

“Looking at overall life satisfaction we see that it varies across different groups of men.” Dr. Jelfs said.

“For example, average life satisfaction is relatively high for men who have children living with them (with an average rating of 7.6 out of 10) but lower for men with a self-reported mental health condition (6.4), unemployed men (7.0) and single fathers (7.0).”

Crisis Help-Lines

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline (for young people aged 5-25 years): 1800 55 1800