Males are four times more likely to die from suicide than females (CDC 2004). vs. Women report attempting suicide during their lifetime about three times as often as men (Krug et al. 2002). Quotes taken from this site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/suifacts.htm I was surprised when I read this, I had no idea there were such disparate figures between the genders. (Admittedly these numbers are strictly from the US, I wonder if they apply world-wide?) Anyone have any thoughts why this should be the case? A couple of ideas that occurred to me, not sure if they make any sense: :unsure: Men are just more aggressive on average than women. Thus, when the aggression is directed inward men are more likely to use truly violent methods and on that basis they "succeed" in their attempts more often then women. Men don't talk, and when they do talk they lie about their feelings. Thus the number of attempts by men is understated to a large, possbily vast, degree. The figures above reflect a very sick American culture that makes things like handguns or short barreled shotguns easily available. In other words, they're not applicable elsewhere and don't reflect other "Western" societies, never mind Asian or African ones. (And presumably these figures could be radically changed via a change of culture.) There's still an unfortunate element of "patriarchy" in American culture. Thus, the number of reported suicides by women is understated, due to a misplaced sense of chivalry or some equivalent. Women are somehow more willing to call attention to themselves via a suicide attempt. Men looking for attention are more likely to direct their anger or feelings outward...and in consquence more likely to find themselves in a prison than a mental hospital. If anyone is annoyed that I've trotted out a whole load of stereotypes, I apologize in advance. I'd be more than happy to drop all of the above when presented with a better explanation. Just that I was bit startled to see such wide differences between genders.