I’m at the At-Home Dads Convention here in Denver (darn convenient, being just 30min drive from my house, quite thoughtful of them to plan it here) and the opening speaker is Jarrod Hindman from the Colorado Department of Public Health. His talk is about the men’s suicide prevention Web site called ManTherapy.com and if you haven’t checked it out, you should.
Why? Because the statistics about suicide are alarming. In 2012 alone here in the state of Colorado, there were:
45 HIV deaths
457 Motor Vehicle Deaths
585 Breast Cancer deaths
796 Diabetes deaths
1053 Suicide deaths
So while other potentially fatal diseases gain visibility through good marketing efforts or commercial sponsors, fact is suicide here in Colorado is one of the ten most common causes of death. And of that, 56% are men between 25-60 and you don’t need an advanced degree to realize that men in that age range are not 56% of the Colorado population but quite a bit less.
It’s one of those problems that we guys have: an inability to ask for help.
Heck, I’ve written about this before on the blog and I see it not only with the other men I interact with on a daily basis, but even sometimes within myself. Is it cultural programming or gender destiny? Does it matter?
It’s a problem. And if you’re having a tough time or know someone else who is finding the day to day of life more than he can handle, I encourage you to check out the witty and thoughtful ManTherapy.com site, hosted by fictitious therapist Dr. Rich Mahogany (Denver actor John Arp). Sure beats the alternative.