I’m feeling heartbroken today having watched the film STEVE - A documentary to help men battle depression. with West Kent Mind last night to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.
The stats speak for themselves. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. That's twelve men every day. One man every two hours. Men are three times more likely than women to die this way.
The message of Ben Aker's film is clear: Men just need to talk. We need to talk with our sons, brothers, friends, fathers. We need to teach our boys from the youngest of age that it’s important to share how they're feeling - good and bad. If your son struggles to talk, a journal can sometimes help.
The old stereotype of men being brave and strong persists and it's harming our boys and men. They are dying, not because help isn't there, but because they don't know how to talk. When life gets tough women can find it easy to share while men suffer in silence.
Talk Club is a talking (and listening) group for men. Their mission is simply to get men talking more openly and honestly to each other.
CALM is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat service offering mental health support for men and boys in the UK.
releasethepressure.uk by Kent County Council provides free expert advice from trained counsellors for anyone feeling the pressure.