Last night when I got home, I found out that a friend’s brother had taken his own life on Tuesday.

This morning, a different friend saw the horrifying sight of a man hanging from a motorway bridge as he drove to work.

Only last week, 84 sculptures were revealed on top of the ITV building in London, to highlight the number of men who take their own life every week in the UK. This is part of Project84 – a campaign run by CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Project 84 male suicide sculptures

Male suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, and reports indicate this is due to social rather than biological reasons. Please make sure all the men in your life – family, friends, work colleagues – know there are people available to talk to, and that sharing their problems does not make them less masculine or reflect on their manliness in anyway.

If you are experiencing problems and suicidal thoughts; whether you’re male or female, you can contact professionals including The Samaritans.

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

 

 

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2 Comments on Male suicide

  1. I keep meaning to write about this, but never quite find the words. I love that this is a short post of support and agree that we all need to look out for the men in our lives. I’m really sorry to hear about your friends x

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    • I’ve never been personally affected by losing someone to suicide (I didn’t know my friend’s brother), so it’s hard to do anything more than raise awareness, but it’s so important to keep letting men – and everyone, really – that they’re not alone and that they don’t need to hide their feelings. Hopefully society is starting to deliver that message more too.

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