Every suicide is a tragedy. Every suicide leaves an empty space in a family and in our community, which will never be filled. And every life matters.
World Suicide Prevention Day offers an opportunity to shine a light on ways each of us can prevent death by suicide, and make a positive impact together. This year, the theme for World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘working together to prevent suicide’. Truthfully, working together is the only way that we can protect our loved ones, enable recovery and ultimately reduce the number of people affected by suicide.
2020 has been incredible difficult for many of us, especially for those with existing mental health problems. Every day isolation and uncertainty have made life increasingly challenging and sadly, this has impacted many people’s mental wellbeing.
We have decided to extend the discussion of suicide prevention, to enable us to talk about three specific groups, who are currently greatly affected by suicide.
People who identify as male
Those who identify as male are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than people who identify as female. In fact, males aged 45-49 are at the highest risk to die from suicide in the UK.
Many factors contribute to these figures, and each individual has their own set of circumstances. A general stereotype of males is being the ‘bread winner’ or providing for their family. This monumental, societal pressure can cause huge challenges, especially if other factors like jobs and uncertain income is introduced.
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a unique pressure in regards to finance stability. Many have been furloughed, lost their jobs or simply have not been able to work. This has added to the existing problem, and caused many families massive money concerns.
Those who identify as male will be our focus on Monday 7 September. Please follow our social media accounts to join the conversation.
Support for men
CALM - the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Call: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men's Health Forum - 24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.