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Let's talk about the 'men' in mental health

Suicide numbers for males, especially teens, are alarming. Conversations are urgently needed to encourage menfolk to open up about the pressures they feel so they can feel okay about seeking help.

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In Singapore, men are 2½ times more likely to take their own lives than women.

Statistics released last month by the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) show that 283 men committed suicide last year, compared with 114 women.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2019, with the headline 'Let's talk about the 'men' in mental health'. Print Edition | Subscribe