Trinidad Express Article: Why more men take their own lives

Trinidad Express Article: Why more men take their own lives

EVERY September when the world observes suicide prevention awareness month, Maria Divina O’Brien relives the horror of losing her close friend, Michael, to suicide.

“My body tenses up, my mind gets distracted and the trauma of discovering the body of someone I loved, lost to suicide, replays like a movie. A horror film,” she says.

At the age of 32, Michael was a troubled man.

He worked overtime to hide his struggles with finance, substance abuse and loneliness from those closest to him. Even though he was popular, it was alarming to learn just how much trouble he was in the weeks leading up to his death, she said.