Podcast on Male Suicide
Dr. Eric Caine is chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. An expert consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Caine is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of suicide prevention and an expert on mental illness and suicide among the elderly. He talks with us today about male suicide, the use of antidepressants and suicide, and suicide prevention.
Dr. Caine noted that many suicide victims--especially older men--have seen their physicians within a few weeks of killing themselves. But he says that most general practioners don't ask the right questions: it's not enough to ask how someone feels, because often the most depressed guy will usually say "fine." They need to ask more pointed questions like "are you enjoying life as much as you used to? and "are you having fun?" The bottom line is, more education is needed about males and suicide in our culture as it is claiming the lives of around 24,000 men a year in the US out of 30,000 total suicides. What can be done about it? Listen to the podcast and find out.
You can visit the Suicide Prevention Action Network at www.spanusa.org for more information on suicide or take a look at Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide.
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