The Nantucket Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Massachusetts Workplace Mental Health Initiative to bring training and resources to our Island companies, their employees and our community.
We are pleased to offer the second workshop in the series
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 5:00
Thursday, February 10 at 8:30
The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce Office
Zero Main Street
Free of Charge
Men, Middle Age, Depression Awareness
Middle age is reportedly the happiest time of life for most Americans.
So, why are middle-aged men at such high risk for suicide?
In an August 2010 article for The Good Men Project Magazine author Dan Fields wrote:
“I belong to a group that has an unusually high rate of dying by suicide. No, I don’t belong to a cell of terrorists in training. I’m not a soldier or veteran with multiple deployments to Iraq or Afghanistan. I’m not a prison or jail inmate. And I’m not a doctor (physicians have easy access to drugs and understand their lethality). What high-risk group do I belong to? I am a middle-aged white man.”
“Women seek help – men die”
This quote from a 1990 medical journal is an overgeneralization, but men do die by their own hand four times more often than woman. Men and woman both experience depression but men cope with it differently and sometimes less successfully. We also know that men frequently do not recognize that they are depressed, and as a result, depression, which is a very treatable illness, lingers untreated while often having a significant impact on daily functioning and mood.
This program is designed to increase awareness of depression and its symptoms. The program will also look at various treatment options that are currently available and their effectiveness. The program is open to everyone.
Dr. Bruce Cedar, President of CMG Associates, an Employee Assistance Program and psychological consulting firm. Dr. Cedar and his group are part of the Massachusetts Workplace Mental Health Initiative, a coalition funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.