Poverty, loneliness behind high rates of suicide among elderly men

A focus on reducing death by suicide among young people is ageist and misleading, an expert in mental health among the elderly says.

Associate Professor Yoram Barak said a recent Otago University study showed rates of death by suicide for men aged over 85 in the past 10 years were similar to those among younger male age groups.

For every 100,000 people, there were 23.5 deaths among 15 to 19-year-olds annually, 29 deaths among 20 to 24-year-olds, 27 deaths among 25 to 29-year-olds and 27.9 deaths in those aged over 85. Read more

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