Why do so many men choose to die? Across Europe, men are four times more likely than women to die by suicide, a disparity that is increasing. More British men die by suicide each year than have British soldiers died in all wars since 1945. Yet suicide is a killer that too often remains obscured beneath a layer of shame and innuendo, its causes misunderstood and ignored.
In his latest ebook, Finlay Young lifts the lid on this quiet killer of thousands, taking the reader on a twisting journey through the history, psychology, sociology, and chemistry of male suicide. From those who have tried to kill themselves to those who try and stop them, from the old to the young and those in middle-age now most at risk, Young sensitively tells the personal stories of a wide cast of men he met on his quest to understand the ultimate question: why?
The Descent of Man is a nuanced exploration of a harrowing subject, one that explores the core assumptions of what it even means to be a man in the 21st century.