Traditional male gender roles discourage emotional expression. Men are told they need to be tough and that they should not need to ask for help. Such rigid gender norms may make it difficult for men to reach out and ask for support when they need it.
Depression may be underdiagnosed in men. Men do not often disclose feelings of depression to their doctors. When they do, it is often described in terms of having problems at work or in relationships. Men also tend to describe their feelings as ‘stress’ rather than sadness or hopelessness.
Alarming suicide number (44,593) was also reported among young adults, between the age group 30-45 years in 2017, as per the National Health Profile (NHP) report. A total 1.33 lakh people died because of suicide.
According to the National Health Profile 2019. In 2015, double the number of men compared to women committed suicide
2015 Suicide figures
Men 12,654 728
Women 4,314 393
According to the NHP report, if you compare the age group, men between the age group 18 to 30 are more likely to commit suicide. Whereas suicide cases have been witnessed among women between the age group 30 to 45.
Age group Male Female
18 to 30 3,559 1,831
30 to 45 4,648 1,231
While speaking Dr Amey Angane, an associate professor at the psychiatric department in KEM Hospital, said, “The main cause of suicide is depression. A person who is suffering from depression is most likely to develop suicidal tendencies. Addiction and social stigma are also contributory causes for suicide. The highest number of suicide are reported among the age group of 20 to 40.”
According to the National Health Profile 2019, in the year 2015 – 1,33,623 people committed suicide in India and in the age group of 30 to 45 – 44,593 suicides have been reported
Dr Alkesh Patil, a psychiatrist at Shivaji Hospital, Thane, said, “The suicide graph is rising day-by-day. Almost 30 per cent of patients who come to me for counselling have suicidal tendencies. Career, job stress, a relationship gone sour, are also a few of the major factors contributing to a rise in suicide cases.”