Self-harm and suicidal thoughts are reportedly more common in men than previously thought, with a new study revealing self-harm rates in men could be up to three times higher than available hospitalisation data suggests.
Between July 2015 and June 2016, the Beyond the Emergency report found there were more than 112,000 ambulance attendances for males experiencing acute mental health issues and more than 30,000 for self-harm behaviours across the country, excluding Western Australia and South Australia.
The report states there were 30,197 self-harm related call-outs and more than 15 percent of these were related to suicidal ideation, or men thinking about committing suicide. Nearly eight percent of responses were to suicide attempts.
Of the 2269 suicide deaths in 2016 across the six states and territories included in the report, 76 percent were male.
According to the Bureau of Statistics, 454 men committed suicide in Victoria alone in 2016 and a further 445 men took their own lives in 2017.
Mental health program team leader for Anglicare Marlene Lamprell said mental health issues are “definitely” prevalent in the local area, with Anglicare having one mental health worker based in Maryborough.
“I think stigmas surrounding mental health are still quite prevalent for men and women, men in particular,” she said.
“People experiencing difficulties with their mental health, especially men, can often find it difficult to bring up mental health and talk about it.”
If you or a loved one have immediate mental health concerns or require assistance, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
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