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2016 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY: ADDRESSING THE PROVERBIAL "ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM": THE GLOBAL MALE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

For far too long, the Male Mental Health Crisis has been allowed to become the proverbial “elephant in the room”.  The rate of suicides among Men and Boys has risen exponentially.   In over 99% of the nations where suicide deaths occur, the majority of the souls committing suicide are Men and Boys.  In the United Kingdom, for example, men are nearly four times more likely to kill themselves with 13 men dying from suicide every day.  Approximately 42,773 Americans commit suicide annually and 77% of these suicides are committed by Men.  In Trinidad and Tobago, the suicide rate is higher than the global average with Men accounting for 76% of suicides in that nation. These heart wrenching and startling statistics moved Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day to issue a “Call To Action”  by adopting the theme of “Talk About Male Suicide” for 2016 International Men’s Day.   Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. in Trinidad and Tobago, Interna…