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More men than women die by suicide - a clinical psychologist explains why

15 September 2021 12:44 PM
Tags:
Suicide
Attempted suicide
Suicide prevention

Breakfast host Refilwe Moloto chats to clinical psychologist Curwyn Mapaling about differences in suicide among men and women.
  • South Africa has one of the highest suicide rates in the world according to WHO
  • Suicide rates among men are much higher than among women

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South Africa's suicide rate is amongst the highest in the world, and like so many other nations, it is significantly higher among men.

Globally, more men than women die by suicide, even though women are more likely than men to attempt it.

Clinical psychologist Curwyn Mapaling says this is because male suicide methods are often more violent, meaning that they are more likely to complete suicide before anyone can intervene.

Mapaling says men often experience suicidal behaviour due to factors such as feelings of hopelessness, excessive substances use, depression or a recent loss of a loved one.

What we've seen from the research... is that men use more lethal methods which is why they are more likely to complete suicide versus women who attempt more than men do but are often unsuccessful.

Curwyn Mapaling, Clinical psychologist

Within the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been an increase globally.

Curwyn Mapaling, Clinical psychologist

The pandemic has undoubtedly contributed to an increase in individuals living with mental distress. However, these mental illnesses or problems in living have always been a part of our daily lives. Hopefully with increased awareness, with more people speaking about it... we'd hope to see an increase in the uptake of services.

Curwyn Mapaling, Clinical psychologist



15 September 2021 12:44 PM
Tags:
Suicide
Attempted suicide
Suicide prevention

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