CMH Seminar: 21st March 2019 – ‘Is life worth living?’ the role of masculinity in the way men aged over 80 talk about living, dying and suicide.

12.30-1.30pm, Thursday 21st March 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Dr Briony Dow and Dr Marisa Schlichhorst

Men aged over 85 have the highest rate of suicide of any age or gender group in Australia. This seminar presents findings from a study that sought to understand the role of masculinity, health and lifestyle factors in the suicidality of older men.

Thirty-three men aged 80 years or older participated in a qualitative study via either a focus group, interview or survey. Strong themes of masculinity were evident in the way men coped with ageing, connected with others, and viewed suicide. Suicide prevention for older men may need to focus on purpose and activity rather than emotional engagement.

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