Men, Suicide & Society in Wales


Samaritans’ ‘We’re in your corner’ campaign launched recently across the UK.  The campaign is intended to:

  • raise awareness of the issue of men and suicide and to
  • encourage these men to seek help
  • understand why this group of men are most at risk of suicide
  • influence policy makers and service providers


Why men?

On average, around 3,000 middle-aged men take their own lives each year.

Over the past 20 years suicide rates amongst both men and women in Wales have decreased in most age groups, but men continue to be over three times more likely to end their own lives than women.

Until recently, attention has focussed on suicide in young men.  However, peak rates are in 34-54 year olds and those men in the lowest socio-economic groups are at highest risk of suicide. And in 2010 while rates of suicide in England continued to decreased,  there was a worrying increase in Wales.

Men from low socio-economic backgrounds, living in deprived areas, are 10 times more likely to die by suicide than men from high socio-economic backgrounds, living in the most affluent areas.

Why is this? What can we do to reduce suicide in this group?

In addressing these questions, Samaritans worked with five experts, exploring evidence and theory from sociology, psychology, economics, cultural and gender studies. View the research here

We also spoke to men across the UK who had experienced suicidal thoughts about their experiences. View the results here

As part of this work we are holding a one day discussion forum in Cardiff on 8 November. 

Places are limited at this event.  If you are interested in attending please contact