I am waiting for some data to come out from the CDC, but I am pretty sure with this most recent recession you will see an increase in suicides by men, especially in the 20-40 age range.
Though I'm no psychologist, I will still contend I know the reason why - men are programmed, hard wired, to produce and succeed the most during those years. If their outside environment (through no fault, nor control of their own) is not conducive to success it is PSYCHOLOGICALLY NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO REALIZE THAT AND FORGIVE THEMSELVES. They will still feel guilt, they will still feel shame, they'll blame their lack of economic success on themselves, and some will commit suicide over this, even though their failure does not reflect upon them personally.
It is here that I have to admit to being a bit of a hypocrite.
Because for all the fun, all my trips, all my adventures and all my clamoring to "enjoy the decline" it is still REALLY hard to turn that off. You watch the news, you look at the debt, you look at western civilization, you look at your checkbook, and it is a challenge to remain sane, let alone find something positive. But try we must regardless and take advantage of the life we have.
In a fourth book I have planned this will be addressed in more detail, but in the meantime men, play the video games, hang out with chums, do not blame the consequences of millions of idiotic socialists voting in socialist policies on yourself. Take advantage of that.