In general, men are more likely to commit suicide than women. Recent studies have shown that men who get divorced are more likely to end their lives as compared to men who are not. Men who have a high divorce rate, also seem to have a higher suicide rate as compared to married or single men. Although a woman may take a marriage break up hard, she seems to be able to cope with it better than a man can. A woman usually goes out and finds a job and has the responsibility of raising the children. Without even knowing, those kids are a distraction to her and may help to get over the heartbreak sooner. According to Denney’s Research, “Closer relationships with children mean more connections with people outside of themselves,” he said. “It’s enough to distinguish women from men when we’re talking about suicide and family structure.”
In 2005, there were about 32,000 suicides in the United States and about 79% were men. Some people think that suicide rates are higher among those who are alcoholics and drug addicts. While this may be somewhat true, I cannot agree with that statement totally. Divorce hits people from all walks of life. One does not need to be on drugs or alcohol for this to happen. Yes, many marriages have broken up because a spouse was addicted to one or both substances. There is also plenty of unfaithfulness in marriage today which also contributes to divorce and that can happen in any town, region, or state.
Last year, The Social Science Quarterly published a finding by Denney’s Research. They found that 39% of divorced men are likely to end their life as compared to married or single men. When a man is widowed, the chances of him committing suicide rises to 50%. Denney Research says that “Marriage offers a support system for men that is uniquely beneficial. Maybe they forge a relationship and a reliance on their partner that’s specific to that relationship,” he told AOL News. Much as marriage is important to women, it just doesn’t seem to be the driving factor.”
The Bible talks about how much God hates divorce. We all know it’s because it breaks up families and many times with tragic results. God instituted the family and He meant for people to take their marriage vows seriously. In some cases, divorce may be necessary and God understands that. You cannot live with a verbally or physically abusive spouse. In many cases though, people just don’t take the commitment seriously to begin with. Divorce was never in God’s plan when He created man.