How do young men deal with suicide bereavement?

Youth depression. Credit: Getty.

New research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed how young New Zealand men deal with the loss of a loved one through suicide.

In the first of its kind research, it was found that young men aged between 17-25 who lost a close male friend to suicide, suffered, grieved and eventually changed in silence.

Dr Chris Bowden, lecturer in School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington joins Stephen McIvor on RadioLIVE Drive to go over the finer details, the difference in the types of silence and how he got the respondents to open up.

He says the study has been "hugely revealing".

We really had no idea how young men deal with suicide bereavement.

"Most of the studies that have been done have been done on parents, and mostly women," he said.

"This revealed a lot about how young men respond to the death of a friend.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354, the Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0508 828 865, Healthline on 0800 611 116 or Youthline at 0800 376 633.

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

Listen to the full interview with Dr Chris Bowden above.

Drive with Stephen McIvor, in for Ali Mau, 3pm - 6pm Weekdays and streaming live on 'rova' channel 9 - available on Android and iPhone.