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The ELI5 sub has a post on why the rate of male suicides is much higher than that of females. Some interesting points in the discussion below:
There are fewer support resources for men than there are for women.
This, coupled with:
the fact that men often work more stressful and/or dangerous jobs than women
the fact that custody hearings favor women
the fact that men are rarely awarded alimony
the fact that prostate cancer gets far less attention than breast cancer
the fact that some countries do not consider sexual assault against a man to be rape
the general societal sentiment that men should "suck it up" and "man up" about any of their issues
And now they're being told that they have "male privilege" and their problems are literally less important than a woman's...
Well, I certainly don't wonder why suicide is the second leading cause of death for white men ages 10 to 35 , second only to accidental death. And suicide ranks in the top ten causes of death for men of all ethnicities in the US, across all age groups .
Conversely, suicide doesn't even make the list for women .
It seems pretty clear that there is an unaddressed crisis in men's health when it comes to mental health care, in addition to other societal factors which put men at a severe disadvantage in terms of support and fair treatment.
This guy has citations as well, and he makes some very solid points.
Men's issues and masculinity are definitely important. What everyone should understand is that men's issues and women's issues are tied together. Both men's and women's issues are tied to the masculinity and the gender roles that persist in Society.
Why do custody hearings favor women? Because women are expected to be the nurturing person in the family who doesn't have a career. And men pay the alimony and child support because they are seen as the bread winners. When the issue of equal pay gets resolved, men will no longer be seen as the bread winner in Society. Problem solved for both sexes. And this issue isn't just resolved through laws for equal pay. It's also resolved through encouraging young girls into maths and Sciences and not playing up the importance of having children. And letting young boys see it's ok to be a stay at home dad, or even just simply not being the sole provider for a family. We set boys up to be stressed their entire lives if women make more money than them.
Unfortunately, this isn't going to work. This isn't merely a social problem, it is hardwired into our biology. Women who become the alpha of their household don't become happy, they just need an even STRONGER male to handle them.
If you're a stay-at-home dad who's not the primary provider, you better be some top tier alpha in terms of inner game, and someone who can lead a household in every other aspect.
Look at this comment, from a high schooler:
get what you're saying, but I have to respectfully disagree. I'll explain why: I'm still pretty young, I'm 17 and going through American high school. Ever since I was little, I would notice teachers taking a liking to the female students and make comments talking about men and women. Even recently (within the past two weeks) one of my male teachers talked about how women are smarter. I've attempted to talk to my student councilor about issues I've had with some other guys in my grade and she responded with a statement that was pretty much "boys will be boys". Yet I've seen the same councilor help a girl deal with "mean comments" on an Instagram post. I used to attend these weekly Jewish events/classes at my temple. In 9th grade these two college students took over as our grade's teachers. The whole class became a liberal arts campus. We were told how women are oppressed by men in 1st world countries and things of the like. I respectfully disagreed saying that's a massive generalization and such. Disagreeing with the class made me an outcast, even more so than before (I'm not American). I was constantly harassed on social media and in school, labeled names and such. I'm a pretty liberal guy, but this whole experience made me almost take a 180 just because these are the people that I "agree" with. My friend is constantly physically and mentally abused by his mother, she divorced his father and won the rights to them. He has gone to several levels of higher authority seeking help and guidance. Many of them were little to no help, some made claims that the father would be worse (he's not, he's a great guy). I'm not gonna bullshit you and say my fried killed himself or something but he's really not doing well, his grades are falling and he is starting to kinda lose it.
I'm not in this whole debacle but as someone who's looking in as an outsider and someone directly affected by it: Helping women will not help men.
This is probably the best comment in the thread ->
I think the top answer here is almost completely wrong. I think the answer is that there is NO support for men out there. ZERO. ZIP. nobody cares about a man's emotional issues. People tell me to man the fuck up when I feel hurt. There is no correct response to pain when you are a man in America. If you cry, you are weak, if you do not, you are a brute. There are less than 10 men's shelters in North America. Less than 10 places for men to go if they have nowhere else. Women don't face these problems. They simply don't. Society gives plenty and more resources to help homeless women and thier families stay off the streets, even though the vast majority of homeless people are male. There are even homeless and battered women's shelters in my area that take women and girls in, but not boys over the age of 12. Because they are a potential threat to the other little girls and women.
This is the beginning of a fantastic comment by user aeqvitas33.
This is the truth, the hard reality echoed by so many of our endorsed contributors and vanguard members.
Men are starkly alone. With the onslaught of feminism, the decline will quickly turn into a free-for-all and if you are not STRONG, you will be food for the wolves. Or the whales, as the case may be.
This is an absolutely ridiculous state of affairs, and until society wakes up, we will not have a good place to admit when we are indeed down. Until that day arrives, keep getting tougher. Hopefully, the system changes before you break.