Men, jobs and suicide

Low-skilled men are 44% more likely to commit suicide than the national average, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

For men working in skilled trades, the highest risk is among building trades; particularly, plasterers and painters and decorators. They have more than double the risk of suicide than the male national average.

Historically it has been reported that farmers were at a high risk of suicide but the latest figures don’t show this. Male health professionals like doctors are low risk, at 37% below the national average.

The variation in risk between occupations is due to a range of factors according to the authors of the report. Low pay, low job security and access to a means of committing suicide are all factors.

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