Separated fathers with children 18 times more likely to suicide than women

Sent: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:52 AM
Subject: How many fathers commit suicide as a result of loss of contact with their children?

Miss Anne McIntosh LLB MP
House of Commons

Dear Anne McIntosh MP,

Please can you tell me if you did table a question to the minister & if so, what question did you ask & what reply did you receive?

Yours Sincerely

David Mortimer

Research findings

Suicide rates are reported to be of “epidemic” proportions among separated and divorced fathers struggling to maintain a parenting relationship with their children (Baume, 1994; Cantor & Slater 1995; Ksopowa, 2002) Cantor & Slater (1995) show the risk of suicide is far higher for men in the period following marital separation––the suicide risk among separated men was 18 times that of separated women––but, after divorce, the rates for men declined to three times those of women. Separated men are also six times more likely to commit suicide than married men, with separated men under 29 being particularly vulnerable.

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