Male Suicide

Suicide Can Take Anyone, Even The Most Loved And Gifted

Marcus Chapman | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marcus Chapman

Many men just don't feel able to talk about their deepest issues and fears. To do so is weak, it's failing, it goes against every grain and sinew of the male culture and existence. We're told men are supposed to be strong, tough, and resilient. They're wired to be the breadwinner, ever-able to deal with pressure.

There's Nothing Wrong With Men Crying

Bradley Cates | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

Does crying make you any less of a man? Of course not. Crying is an emotion, like joy and fear. It's perfectly natural. So why is it considered a bad thing to do if you're a man?

Why Men Need To Be Able To Talk About Their Feelings

Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Aubrey Allegretti

Aubrey Allegretti is a news reporter at HuffPost UK. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Aubrey talks about his own experiences with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts, and on why it's important for men to speak out about their feelings.

Hypermasculinity Is A Plague On The Modern Man

Louis Michael | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Louis Michael

bmm banner.jpg Wear the colours you feel beautiful in, sing the songs that let you shed your worries, behave the way you would if judgement didn't exist. Because when you do, you'll be taking the first steps towards a world where judgement doesn't exist.

The 'Being A Man' Ideal Is Toxic And Damaging

Harry Gallon | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK
Harry Gallon

bmm banner.jpg The very idea of 'being more like' a man is toxic. It echoes centuries old propagandist sentiments, doing your duty without question and obeying that other old lie of keeping calm to carry on. If every man is an island, then they are isolated.

It's OK for Men to Express Their Emotions

Bradley Cates | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Cates

A true man should not be afraid to cry. A true man should not be afraid to ask others to help them when they are in need. A man crying and talking about their feelings is not a weakness, it is bravery. Do not be scared to be brave.

It's Good To Talk

Ant Meads | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ant Meads

bmm banner.jpg We've been raised in a culture where the man is supposed to be the provider. The pre-defined gender roles that have existed forever, seem to continue today and as a result we think that we know our place in society. We are to work. We are to build a family and to provide for them. But what happens if we can't do that?

Introducing Building Modern Men, Guest Edited By Andy Murray

Stephen Hull | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Stephen Hull

By the end of today in the UK about 12 men will have died at their own hands. It happened yesterday and it will happen tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that too. Actually, there's no indication of when it will stop... Suicide is very much a male issue, with men almost four times more likely than women to take their own life, but the reasons why are unclear. This November HuffPost UK will dedicate the entire month to talking about the mental health and wellbeing issues that impact on the lives of men in our Building Modern Men series.

76% Of UK Suicides Are Male - Why?

Jane Powell | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Powell

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, the focus is male suicide. Suicide is currently the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, and men are nearly four times more likely than women to take their own life. It is great that we are, finally and collectively, encouraging men to get support. But surely the big, currently unanswered question is why men.

Depression Isn't Making Men Commit Suicide, Society Is

Adrienne Titley | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Adrienne Titley

The solution starts with you and what you can do to help tackle the stigma. If the fact that men are committing suicide at an astonishing rate isn't making you ask serious questions about our society after reading this, I don't know what will.

Why I'm Doing a Topless Comedy Show

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

I feel safe and liberated standing in front of a crowd topless. Its a way of reclaiming my body and sexuality. Free the Nipple is not about telling other women (or men) what to do, its about choice, body equality and perception.

He's The Man: What Modern-Day Masculinity Really Means for Men...and Women

Tana Dawn | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tana Dawn

Other men seek their salvation in the ring by punching seven bells out of a component to not only prove their manliness, but to release their own pain of losing a father to suicide. Who would want to argue whether its sweat or tears rolling off his rippled body?

Suicide Is the Biggest Killer of Men Under 50... Why?

Paul McGregor | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

If my Dad had broke his leg he'd be sent home in a cast, and we'd have instructions on how he'd get better. We'd be told to help him rest for a few weeks, he'd be told when he could get back to walking, back to running and back to full recovery. We'd be told what medication he was on and when he should take it...

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

Stigma leads to Suicide - It's Time To Talk

Matt Streuli | Posted 01.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

It doesn't have to be difficult. It can start with a simple "how are you?" Whether you meet up for a tea or coffee and just have a chat or send someone a message on Facebook, email or twitter, that is all you need to be a good friend and to make a real difference.

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Matt Streuli

Whenever filling out job applications, you are asked "Do you consider yourself to have a disability?". I've always said no. It turns out I did not of realised what a disability is. Perhaps it is a stigma or just the more obvious public image but when I say disability, my mind immediately goes to the logo on the disabled parking bays or people with special educational needs...

We Must Stem the Tide of Male Suicide

Luciana Berger | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

We need a cultural shift so that men can discuss their mental health, seek help, overcome the stereotypes of masculinity placed upon their shoulders, and get the support they need. Each suicide is a terrible tragedy and a waste of a precious life. Together, we can prevent suicide and save the lives of vulnerable young men.

When Just a Quarter of Males Believe It Is Okay to Show Emotion, We Have a Serious Problem

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jonny Benjamin

We have to keep this conversation going. Every single day we lose 12 men to suicide. We must also start to redefine what it means to be "macho" and stop telling males to "man up and get on with it". We would never tell females to "woman up."

Big Boys Don't Cry

Paul Farmer | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Farmer

We need to get to the point that men feel as at ease talking about their mental health as they would a broken arm. We need to help men equate seeking help not with weakness, but with doing something that shows courage and strength. It is, after all, profoundly brave to face up to something as stigmatised as a mental health problem. Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that big boys can and do cry. And that's okay.

The True Meaning of Dignity

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 09.10.2016 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

We can take action to help people hold on to their dignity. Encouraging men to strengthen social relationships can help to fend off loneliness and make it easier for them to talk about what is bothering them so it doesn't build up to a crisis without release.

We Need To Talk About Male Suicide

Martine Booth | Posted 01.09.2016 | UK
Martine Booth

There is help out there and tomorrow is always another day. Another day to begin the process of tackling these problems with support. There is always hope no matter how bad things appear to be...

Parliament Open: How Will Male Suicide Be Tackled?

James Walker | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

Given the scale of this issue throughout the course of the last parliament, you have to wonder how the coalition government failed to deal with the challenge.

Introducing HuffPost UK Men

Stephen Hull | Posted 02.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Hull

We all need to change the way we talk about men because not only does it benefit how they see themselves, but because it will change how they view women. If we can prevent the problems of the past that men have created for women then both sexes win.

Defying Male Suicide Logic

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

Suicide is the number one killer of young men in the UK, with 4552 male suicides in 2011, 75% of all suicides... With such striking figures, I do wonder why male suicide is not seen as the public health emergency that it actually is.

Worrying Statistics Show Increase in Male Suicide

Beth A. Murphy | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Beth A. Murphy

We know from research and from talking to our members and supporters that many people who take their own lives have been experiencing significant mental distress for some time. However, too often support is only available to people who are in serious crisis.