Many Men Have a Hard Time Talking About Depression, Especially Around the Holidays

Insider Louisville LogoWhile most people associate the holidays with happiness, it can also be an especially challenging time for those suffering from depression. And an often-overlooked segment of society dealing with depression is middle-aged men.

The worst outcome for depression, of course, is suicide. In the U.S., white males commit suicide at a rate more than double that of any other group, and more men age 45-54 are victims than any other age ranges.

Dr. Jesse Wright, director of the University of Louisville Depression Center, said there are many reasons men don’t get the help they need.

“For some reason men seem to have a harder time talking about it, identifying that they have it and getting help,” Wright said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “We’ve seen right here in Louisville some terrible tragedies, even physicians that know about depression, know that help works, but for one reason or another didn’t get that help and ended up as a suicide.

“In men, depression is often a silent killer. If it doesn’t kill, it’s a silent damager, to their careers, to their relationships with their family, to their own personal health.”

To see a video of Dr. Wright speaking more about this issue, please click here.

 

Father shares his son’s story to help prevent other Kentucky youth from committing suicide

Insider Louisville LogoWhen Steve Ulrich talks to high school students about suicide, he comes armed with some frightening statistics.

For example, many don’t know that 1 in 10 students have made a suicide plan.

That number, along with many others he shares, seems unreal. But then he tells the story of a senior at Manual High, an all-star football player, who ended his life just a year ago.

“We talk about suicide after the fact; in reality, it’s a mental health issue,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “With depression, things are going on in our mental health world that we’re not addressing.”

Ulrich has been committed to providing information about suicide prevention since his 20-year-old son Nathan lost his life to suicide in 2002.

For more information, please click here to read the article, or you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go online to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 

Carter County officials talk about need for suicide prevention during recent workshop

suicide prevention life line logoKentucky is one of the top 20 states for suicide, with nearly 700 Kentuckians taking their own lives each year, according to the latest confirmed figures available.

However, suicide is often considered a taboo subject, rarely addressed publicly by elected officials, other community leaders and the news media.

That changed recently in Carter County, when Sheriff Jeff May and state Rep. Jill York of Grayson collaborated with County Judge-Executive Mike Malone for a recent suicide-prevention workshop.

Rep. York told Kentucky Health News that officials need “to step forward and be able to pull the resources together and throw the push behind it … to say, we’re going to talk about this even if it’s uncomfortable because it’s important, because we’ve got lives we’ve got to save. Stop being polite, stop letting it be something that we don’t talk about. To say, if we are losing one person in our community to this, then that is too many.”

The workshop was led by local experts on mental health from nearby universities, Pathways Inc., and the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group.

For 24/7 assistance and information about local resources or clinicians equipped to deal with suicidal patients, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). To contact the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, call (859) 429-1930 or email kspginc@gmail.com. More information is also available on the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Suicide Prevention Program website by clicking here.