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- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for men 25-34
- Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females
- The majority of people who die by suicide in Colorado are white (non-Hispanic) men of working age
Source: WISQARS, Centers for Disease Control
Gender role socialization theories offer a perspective that helps explain these statistics. Cultural codes of achievement, aggression, competitiveness, and emotional isolation are consistent with the masculine stereotype; depressive symptoms are not. Cultural ideals of rugged individualism lead to social fragmentation and fewer coping alternatives. In fact, when we look at gender roles a double jeopardy emerges. That is, those men who are in the most need of psychological help are the least likely to use them.