Harvard – May Wellness Note Spotlight
Depression does not discriminate. Everyone from children to the elderly, male and female, can experience depression — and do so at similar rates. However, men in the middle years of their lives (35-64) are dying by suicide at a disproportionate rate. This age group makes up 19% of the U.S. population, yet they comprise 40% of the country’s suicides. For this population of men there are many factors:
- Men are less likely to seek support for behavioral health issues
- Alcohol and/or substance abuse is more prevalent in men
- Men are highly burdened by employment, financial, and/or legal issues
- The occurrence of intimate partner problems is higher for men
If you are concerned that someone in your life may be experiencing depression, there is help. Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by KGA, is available 24/7 at 877-EAP-HARV (327-4278) to speak with you.
Check out the report Preventing Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years