This is a comment by John D on the post “What Makes White, Middle Class Men Kill?“
“Unless we move to a society where people are constantly monitored and controlled by the government, really bad things like this are going to happen occasionally, just like lightning strikes.”
John D responded:
“Your analogy makes it sound unavoidable. That’s probably not true in every case. You can put up lightning rods to protect buildings and take other precautions. We can most likely also avoid a lot of this by improving the mental health of men.
“The simple fact is that despite the narrative being that women are much more prone to depression, men account for 80% of all successful suicides. These men typically go past the ‘calling for help’ suicide where they swallow a bottle of pills and then call a friend to tell them what they did and use a permanent method like shooting themselves in the head.
“Asking why so many men feel so helpless and hopeless would not only save the men who self-harm, but most likely avert some of these disasters.”
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