Suicide as powerlessness
Just as life expectancy is one of the best indicators of power, suicide is one of the best indicators of powerlessness.
ITEM Until boys and girls are 9. their suicide rates are identical;
– from 10 to 14. the boys’ rate is twice as high as the girls’;
– from 15 to 19. four times as high; and
– from 20 to 24. six times as high.7
ITEM As boys experience the pressures of the male role, their suicide rate increases 25,000 percent8
ITEM The suicide rate for men over 85 is 1.350 percent higher than for women of the same age group.
Here is the breakdown:
Suicide rates: men versus women (per 100,000 population)