FAMILIES across Britain are being ‘ripped-apart’ by grief and mental health issues as new stats reveal that every TWO hours, a British man takes his life.
This means today, and every day of the year, 12 men in Britain will be ripped from their families leaving devastating consequences for thier wives, husbands, partners, mothers, fathers and their own children who are left behind.
Mental health support in Britain is in dire need of funding with reports of people having to ‘Wait months’ just to get the support they desperately need.
Men with a diagnosed mental health condition are shown to be at a ‘higher risk of either attempting and completing suicide’, according to MentalHealth.org.uk.
The Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017 showed there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2015 (4,997 were men), with the highest suicide rate being men aged 40 to 44.
According to the Samaritans, men are ‘three times more likely’ to take their own lives than women in the UK.
Charity Movember UK said suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 15 to 44 and they’re urging men to talk and seek professional advice if they’re concerned about their mental health.
Over the past few years, a number of men in the public eye have died by suicide, thrusting male suicide into the public eye; Chester Bennington, Alexander McQueen, Robin Williams, Chris Cornell, and Gary Speed all ended their lives. Some were open about their battles, others weren’t.
Sean Hedley, 27, has been speaking out about the stigma attached to young men, and how he’d hidden his depression for more than three years because he was scared people ‘wouldn’t want to know’.
The 27-year-old is on a mission to help other men talk about their mental health battles and has been involved in setting up a group which runs Monday-to-Friday in Derby.
He told UNILAD: “When I was around 21, I started to struggle with depression. It was caused by a build-up of things; a break up in a relationship and being in and out of jobs.
From Monday through to Friday I hid it, laughing and joking on the construction site I was working on. It was like nothing was wrong with me. Then, I’d be going out at weekends, every weekend, hiding the fact I had something going on in my head and I wasn’t willing to accept it myself.
I had this horrible feeling people would think less of me and at that age you just want to be as popular as possible. I didn’t believe people would understand what was going on in my head.
I bottled it all up for a couple of years and eventually, I broke down. Every time I woke up it was like waking up in a ice cold room with dark walls. I didn’t want to get up in the morning for work and I didn’t want to keep living the nightmare. This went on until I was around 24 or 25 and I finally went to the doctors. I’d had enough of feeling down and out. I’d had enough of not being myself.”
There is support avaliable, you can contact CALM.
To get more info and support visit the CALM “Campaign Against Living Miserably” website.