Today’s Escalation of Suicide in Women: Why Is This So?

While more men take their lives than women, women have experienced a startling increase in suicide since the early 2000s.

“In 2016, the rates of suicide were highest for males (32.8 per 100,000) and females (10.2 per 100,000) in the American Indian/Alaska Native group, followed by males (26.5 per 100,000) and females (7.9 per 100,000) in the White/non-Hispanic group”(www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/suicide.shtml). For many years, it has been known that men have a higher rate of suicide than women.This is due to the use of a firearm as a suicide method in a majority of cases, as well as lower social support for men with mental illness, as compared to women.

In many cultures, it is frowned upon for men to show signs of vulnerability. Crying, or merely talking about feelings, is seen as unmasculine. This fear of being seen as less of a “man” looms over the males in our society, keeping them silent when they need to speak out the most. More support needs to be offered to men in order to decrease their suicide numbers.

However, women have had a rapid increase in suicide over the past couple decades.

“In a report released in 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics found that suicide rates for women rose 45 percent from 1999 to 2014, compared to 16 percent for men “(https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/suicide-rates-are-rising-among-women-what-to-look-for-and-do). That’s a big jump in numbers. Why have the rates of suicide in females increased so much?

The answer is more stress has been put on them than before.

” In 2010, the American Psychological Association released a study in which women reported rising levels of stress, especially around money and the economy” (https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/suicide-rates-are-rising-among-women-what-to-look-for-and-do). 

Much pressure has been put on them. More women are becoming employed, while still being seen as the primary carer of the house and children. That is a lot to have one’s plate, and all that stress deteriorates mental health.

As it is, there has been a jump in households being led by single mothers(https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/blogs/suicide-rates-are-rising-among-women-what-to-look-for-and-do)

So what can you do if you are so overburdened by life that you no longer enjoy it?

Get More Help with Daily Responsibilities

Not one person in a relationship should be doing all the housework and childcare while both people are employed. Get together with your partner and other people in your household, and make a list of all chores that need doing around the house. Then, divide them among the people in the household, keeping in mind other responsibilities each person has, such as school or work.

In our household, we found a chore chart with alternating chores on different days has helped quite a bit.

Find Less Demanding Work

Not everyone can cut back to part-time, though it will stress you out less than a 40 hour work week. But you can also likely find work with less burdens.

For example, it is easier to handle a job where you tackle one task at time than one where you have to multi-task.

There’s a reason why fast food workers tend to be cranky and stressed out. They often work 40-50 hour work weeks in a fast paced environment where you have to focus on multiple things at once.

I used to work at McDonalds’ and experienced a great relief when I started working at a warehouse part-time. I was much happier than I was before and I actually liked going to work instead of dreading it.

It is hard to take care of yourself and your mental health when there are multiple responsibilities to take care of. But if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts,than it is time to cut back. They are not worth dying over.

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