There are a lot of groups out there who put forward the issues that face men in the current climate of western society. These details are important and need to be addressed, however this is a message that is not widely broadcast through the media and there is a great deal of backlash against anyone that tries to bring these issues forward in the public sphere.
Whether this is because of the delivery method, the presentation, or simply a one sided view of the world that does not allow men to speak is up for debate, the facts however are not.
- Over three quarters of people who kill themselves are men (Reference: ONS).
- Men report significantly lower life satisfaction than women in the Government’s national well-being survey – with those aged 45 to 59 reporting the lowest levels of life satisfaction (Reference: ONS)
- 73% of adults who ‘go missing’ are men (Reference: University of York).
- 87% of rough sleepers are men (Reference: Crisis).
- Men are nearly three times more likely than women to become alcohol dependent (8.7% of men are alcohol dependent compared to 3.3% of women) (Reference: HSCIC).
- Men are three times as likely to report frequent drug use than women (4.2% and 1.4% respectively) and more than two thirds of drug-related deaths occur in men (Reference: Information Centre).
- Men make up 95% of the prison population (Reference: House of Commons Library). 72% of male prisoners suffer from two or more mental disorders (Reference: Social Exclusion Unit).
- Men are nearly 50% more likely than women to be detained and treated compulsorily as psychiatric inpatients (Reference: Information Centre).
- Men have measurably lower access to the social support of friends, relatives and community (References: R. Boreham and D. Pevalin).
- Men commit 86% of violent crime (and are twice as likely to be victims of violent crime) (Reference: ONS).
- (Figures from Men’sHealthForum,org,uk)
Recent reports show that men’s sperm levels in the west have dropped 60% in the last 40 years as a result in a change in social dynamics, health and pesticide use.
The list is long and also (not included here) includes things such as – divorce rates, child custody rates, the fact that there are no dedicated male refuges for victims of domestic abuse. These will be updated at a later date.