But the wind-down of a successful career and the loss of self-esteem that may entail is a common problem for older men, especially if they are also having financial problems.
As men look back on their lives, they may become more reflective, asking themselves whether they focused on what really mattered to them, and what they are going to do next, Kaslow said.
“Has the career been worth it, or did I sacrifice my family . . . I think that is part of what happens for people,” she said.
An emerging area of interest for many mental health experts is the impact of feelings that the person who attempts suicide has begun to feel he is a burden to his family and friends, who, he believes, would be better off without him.
Recent studies have shown a solid association between those sentiments and suicide, Cornette said, stronger even than the power of depression. While depression and suicide has been more thoroughly studied, many are paying attention to the newest risk factor, she said.