State project aims to combat rising suicide rate in men

Apr 3, 2018

Minding Michigan is Stateside’s ongoing series exploring mental health and wellness issues in our state. Today, the focus turns to suicide.

Frey said male farmers are in one of the highest risk areas for suicide.
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One person in Michigan dies by suicide around every six hours, and according to the CDC, men are four times more likely to die by suicide.

The state is making a concerted effort to reach out to men through a project called Healthy Men Michigan. The goal is to promote mental wellness among men in our state aged 25-64.

Jodi Jacobson Frey, an associate professor of social work at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator of the Healthy Men Michigan research project, joined Stateside today to explain why men – particularly men between the ages of 25 and 64 and men living in rural areas – are especially at risk of suicide. She also explains what the Healthy Man Michigan research project is doing to help men find treatment.

(If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. You can find more Michigan resources for mental health crises listed by county here.) 

Minding Michigan is Stateside’s ongoing series that examines mental health issues in our state.

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