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Special Issue Title:

Understanding the “why” behind male suicide

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021

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  • Guest Editor

    Tista GhoshE-MailWebsite

    MD, MPH, the former Chief Medical Officer of the state of Coloradois, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, USA

    Interests: Suicidal epidemiology, Suicide, Suicide rate, Mental health

Special Issue Information

Suicide has been increasiningly recognized as a public health crisis. The World Health Organization stated in 2019 that a suicide death occurs every 40 seconds worldwide, with men disproportionately affected. The gender disparity is particularly striking in high income countries. In the US, for example, suicide has been consistently one of the top ten causes of death, with men are at least 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women. Yet men are also less likely than women to have a diagnosis of depression, indicating they may be less likely to seek help for their symptoms.

A variety of reasons for this disparity have been postulated (gender-based cultural norms and stigma related to mental health, access to firearms, substance use, etc). However, much remains to be learned about why male suicide rates are so high. Are certain sub-groups of men more affected (such as men in certain occupations, age-groups, geographies, ethnicities, etc)? Are male depression symptoms different from women, making them harder to recognize? Are there certain drugs or medications that may contribute more to male suicidality? Are there effective ways to address stigma with help-seeking behaviors among men (for instance, using text or digital therapeutic modalities versus in-person mental health visits?). Are there people outside of traditional healthcare (e.g. bar tenders, barbers, gunshop owners, etc) who could potentially play a role in reducing male suicide, either by being taught to recognize signs of suicidality early or by some other means?

With depression becoming more prevalent around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (and associated lockdowns, social isolation, and economic insecurity), the need to understand male suicide takes on greater urgency.

This special issue allows an opportunity to address the following types of topics:

- Further characterization of the epidemiology of suicide in sub-populations of men, and studies analyzing trend changes as a result of the pandemic

- Survey research to further understand men’s help seeking behaviors as well as their beliefs on depression and stigma

- Studies elucidating male-specific signs and symptoms of depression, particularly in the setting of a global pandemic and a resulting reliance on digital forms of communication compared to in-person interactions

- Studies of behaviors that contribute to male suicide (use of certain drugs or medications, sleep behaviors, diet and physical activity, etc)

- Evaluation studies of promising interventions to reduce male suicide


Male suicide, Male mental health, Male depression

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Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by experts in the field. Rapid peer review and prompt editorial decisions will ensure that quality manuscripts are published on time. The manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). If similar work has been published or submitted elsewhere, you must provide a copy of the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at the Journal of Men's Health. All manuscripts undergo thorough double-blind peer-review. To check the suitability of the special issue for publishing your manuscript, please read the journal's aims and scope and read or download the guide for authors. You may also send a brief abstract of your work (about 100 words) to the Editorial Office at A guide for authors and other relevant information for manuscript submission is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

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All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Men's Health are assessed according to the journal standard editorial criteria. If accepted for publication, an Article Processing Charge of 900 USD applies.

The journal typically offers a 30% discount to contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE), Editorial Board Member and Reviewer Board Member.

Lower-income countries ( World Bank classification ) may apply a further discount or waiver (please contact when submit).

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