Men are 3.5 times more likely to complete suicide than women, in fact suicide is the #1 cause of premature death in men under 50. Because of the silence surrounding men’s health issues, and the stigma surrounding mental illness in general, men suffering from depression, anxiety, and other issues rarely reach out for help. This leads to systemic untreated depression, which is the number one risk factor for suicide. Depression is treatable, suicide is preventable. We could throw out statistics all day, but this National Suicide Prevention Week we’re asking for your participation to help normalize the discussion on mental health and encourage resource connection.
Phi Kappa Psi has partnered with Take 5 to Saves Lives to bring light to this meaningful topic. The Take 5 to Save Lives campaign asks each Phi Psi to take time out of their day the week of September 9-15, 2018 to complete five action items:
Access the Chapter Toolkit for ideas for how your chapter can be involved and active in this important conversation here. Please download this PDF to access the linked resources.