Suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 35 to 49, equaling 12.6% of male deaths. Nearly 4 times as many men aged 20 to 34 died as a result of suicide and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent than women. 76%of people who kill themselves are men according to ONS. On average 13 men each day take their life through suicide in the UK.
We are continually bombarded with messages about our health; healthy eating, exercise, reducing alcohol intake but, in men these things are important but do not reduce the risk of the number one killer: suicide. What messages are there to encourage men to speak out about their ‘feelings’ and to have an identity outside of the stereotypical image of masculinity which piles on so much pressure. Pressure that I had never seen acknowledged before researching for this blog post.