Suicide report attacks men's magazines
- By: Siân Knight
Magazines aimed at the male youth market may be partly responsible for the rising suicide rate among young men, according to a report published last month by the Men's Health Forum.
Psychologist Trefor Lloyd, a Forum executive, blamed the magazines for celebrating a “laddish” culture in a society where such behaviour is out-dated. “For the first time, next year women will make up 51% of the workforce. Men have had to cope with losing their role as the only breadwinners, rising unemployment and a lowering of expectations,” commented Mr Lloyd. “They have got to adapt to the modern world, but these lads' magazines offer them false hope. The magazines are looking back to how men were 30 or 40 years ago – life just isn't like that anymore, and men need to adapt and come to terms with that.”
According to the report, “Young Men and Suicide,” three times as