What is it about?

Male suicide is a public health crisis. Working with men who have attempted suicide, people bereaved by male suicide, and leading academic/clinical male suicide experts this study establishes the most important research questions for priority investigation.

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Why is it important?

Male suicide is a public health crisis. We urgently need to understand male-specific risk and recovery factors better. This study established 22 research questions for priority investigation. Questions related to 10 thematic domains: (a) relationships with others, (b) relationship with self, (c) relationship with emotions, (d) mental health, (e) suicidal behaviors, (f) early-life experiences, (g) structural challenges, (h) cultural challenges, (i) at-risk groups, and ( j) support and recovery. The three highest endorsed items related to loneliness and isolation (98%), feelings of failure (97%), and sources of stress and emotional pain (96%) for men who are suicidal.


Working on this study was a wonderful and moving opportunity to partner with 242 men who are suicidal or people bereaved by male suicide, across 34 countries. Together, we created an agenda of male suicide research priorities. Given the magnitude of the male suicide crisis, there is an urgent need to investigate numerous pressing questions. Our goal in crafting a comprehensive research agenda is to empower researchers, governments, service providers, and funders. We hope this agenda can help assist them in addressing the most critical challenges relating to male suicide risk and recovery in a systematic and effective manner.

Susanna Bennett
University of Glasgow

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This page is a summary of: Establishing research priorities for investigating male suicide risk and recovery: A modified Delphi study with lived-experience experts., Psychology of Men & Masculinity, September 2023, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/men0000448.
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