More than one in ten calls for help to Samaritans (10.9%) from men talked about issues surrounding their sexual orientation. This compares with only one in forty similar calls from women (2.4 per cent) according to the latest snapshot survey of branches in the UK and ROI.
A Danish study has found the suicide risk among gay men in civil partnerships is eight times higher than in heterosexual couples and twice as high as the risk in men who have never married. However, the same study showed no statistically significant increase in suicide risk among women in civil partnerships.
In 2012, three per cent of gay men tried to take their own life, increasing to five per cent for bisexual men, according to Stonewall quoted in the Government Suicide Prevention Strategy for England . The same figures show that one in ten gay and bisexual men aged 16-19 thought about taking their own life.
The same survey found that more than a quarter of male contacts (26 per cent) talked about loneliness and isolation. Slightly more female contacts (27.3 per cent) talked in similar terms.
Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive of Samaritans said: “Samaritans is there for everyone, gay or straight, at any time. We are absolutely confidential and we don’t make judgements. Whatever your problem, call us and we’ll listen to anything you need to say.”
For help and advice call the Samaritans on: 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org