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    • What we know from the data is that there is an upward spike in suicide attempts of older males. Males are conditioned by society / culture to be providers, to go off to work 5 - 6 days per week. With commuting time factored in, their job typically occupies 10+ hours of each work day. Once they retire, how will they fill that 50+ hours per week with something they find meaningful? How will their spouse / partner react to them being "underfoot" and interrupting the daily routine? How will the change in income flow be resolved?

      One key risk factor for males, service veterans, and law enforcement is they often use a firearm, which is a deadlier method of suicide attempt. This is doubly true for those who live in rural areas where guns are part and parcel of the culture, either for hunting or for dealing with varmints.

      Females actually attempt suicide more often than males, but non-veteran / non-law enforcement females tend to use less deadly methods for their attempt.

      I myself believe everyone has the right to die by suicide if they so wish. What I do try to get people to reflect on is why they are pondering such an action, and look not at the symptoms but at the root causes of their distress.

      If the root cause(s) can be addressed in some positive manner, usually the need to die diminishes.