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Editor's e-Note
Men take their lives at a higher rate than women do and recently a trend has emerged of rising suicide rates among middle-aged men. Seeing the need for gender-specific and age-specific suicide intervention programs, the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work will lead a four-year study evaluating online suicide intervention programs with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In collaboration with the Florida State University College of Social Work, researchers will use technology to evaluate two online programs targeting middle-aged men.

Read our E-News Exclusive to learn how social work researchers are using technology to discover how Web-based interventions may be able to engage a hard-to-reach population.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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Online Suicide Interventions for Middle-Aged Men
By Susan A. Knight

In the United States, men commit suicide at a rate nearly four times higher than that of women. While the gender disparity has existed for decades, a new trend has emerged in recent years: rising suicide rates among middle-aged men. Clearly, there is a need for gender-specific and age-specific suicide intervention programs that can be implemented nationwide.

To help address this need, the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work has received a $1.28 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a four-year study evaluating online suicide intervention programs. In collaboration with the Florida State University College of Social Work, researchers will evaluate two online programs targeting middle-aged men between the ages of 35 and 64: the intervention program Man Therapy and an online screening tool from Screening for Mental Health.

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