UK Suicide

David Baddiel: How To Talk To Men About Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Three prominent men have opened up about their battles with depression and given advice on how we can better communicate with men about their ment...

It's My First Birthday Today

Laura Whitehurst | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Whitehurst

Nobody has sung at me. I wasn't woken up with gifts, or breakfast in bed. I doubt there'll be a cake, unless the cafe at work decides it needs to use up all the eggs before the weekend. I'm going to work, and I'm continuing on with my day. But I am celebrating. I am celebrating harder than I celebrated my 21st birthday.

Isn't it Time to Man Up And Talk About Male Suicide?

Ken Hermes | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ken Hermes

The truth is that men will speak to their barbers about things they wouldn't tell anybody else. The #BarberTalk program is being developed alongside top charities Papyrus and Pieta House to train barbers how to Recognise, Talk, Listen and Advise their clients. With this, comes the responsibility to remain confidential, provide a safe haven for clients and help them where necessary.

Investigating My Mother's Suicide I Experienced What It's Like to Be a Woman

Jeremy Gavron | Posted 27.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Gavron

She had married at eighteen, was a mother at twenty-one. She was still in her twenties when the 1960s came along, still young enough to embrace the excitements of the new age. She fell in love with a colleague, but when she revealed this, I learned of the pressures that society and her family put upon her to give up the affair. She was sent to see a psychiatrist, was told, as iconoclastic women have been told through the ages, that she had lost her senses.

How One Man's Suicide Inspired Barbers To Help Guys With Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Tom Chapman's close friend died from suicide earlier this year, he was left in shock. The barber had caught up with his friend Alex Goddard ea...

Men Have Feelings Too... Right?

Paul McGregor | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

Men have huge egos, fed by the modern society, the media and what we watch on TV, our fathers, our mates... this painted picture of what it takes to be a 'real man' is defeating us.

Time to Break the Silence - It's Killing Us

Paul McGregor | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Paul McGregor

Back when I was 18 I lost my Dad to suicide. He was stable in his career, was loved by his family, friends, and most importantly looked after himself. He had a psychology degree, was a keen athlete, physiotherapist and read a lot of self help books.

Yes, I Call Myself a Feminist, Because "Meninist" is Quite Frankly a Joke

Dameyon Bonson | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dameyon Bonson

What I find frightening is the rejection of feminism by men who call themselves experts or advocates of men and our health. The idea of power and control and the sense of entitlement to it is harming us all. Patriarchy reinforces that.

Hope After My Dad's Suicide

Jonathan Brook | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Brook

My brother and I saw Dad a few weeks prior to his death. We watched Star Trek: Into Darkness and he was fine; he looked good and appeared happy. I always thought of comedy as a way to help the healing process and to make awful things seem less awful, so I sometimes joke about how the movie was so bad it drove my father to suicide.

Almost 600 Suicides Could Be Related To DWP Work Assessments, Claims New Research

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics

Almost 600 “additional” suicides could be related to the Government’s Work Capability Assessments, according to research published today. A s...

Men and Suicide: Why It's a Social Issue

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Sutherland

Men are far less positive about getting formal emotional support for the issues outlined above. Worryingly, in response to these difficulties, men are more likely to take risks such as drinking, fighting or gambling, trying to show that they are 'manly' when faced with adversity. In fact, this is likely to make their situation worse. The masculine ideal suggests that men should never be depressed, anxious or unable to cope. It is vital that we overcome this and encourage men to access informal and formal support earlier on, before they reach crisis point. With all this in mind, where do we go from here?

Male Suicide Rise Linked To The Recession

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

The recession played a part in causing a rise in suicides among men, a new report has revealed. Before the 2008 financial crash hit, male suicide r...

I'm a Young Woman with Feminist Views; Here's Why Men's Mental Health Matters to Me

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this blog post, for fear of being ridiculed by men, or trolled by feminists, some of whom might feel I am disrespecting the cause. But actually, what is a feminist if she is not somebody who feels she can speak up about the issues important to her?

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

Jonny Benjamin | Posted 04.11.2015 | 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."

Recently I Tried to Kill Myself - I Want to Explain Why

Tom Haward | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

I know, for many reading this, it is very hard to understand suicide; ultimately, for me, I felt defeated and to carry on living seemed too much. Depression is a continuous, painful battle which is so much more than feelings of sadness or being low. Depression creates a sense of worthlessness, hopelessness and despair.

Equality 4 Mental Health

Ruby Wax | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The research into Alzheimer's and dementia is one of the most prevalent problems of this decade and these are brain diseases so why should depression or bi-polar be any different? If the government don't put funds for mental health in this budget at the end of November, it won't happen for a long time and the suffering and lack of help will continue.

Big Boys Don't Cry

Paul Farmer | Posted 03.11.2015 | 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.

Why We're Dedicating an Entire Month to Covering the Issues Facing Men

Stephen Hull | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Hull

November, it seems, has become of the unofficial month of men across the world. Movember has become a big deal for raising awareness about cancer, International Men's Day day takes place on 19 November and throughout the month The Huffington Post UK will be partnering with the Being A Man festival, which takes place at London's Southbank Centre. There's a lot of good issues related to being a man, but by starting a conversation about the tough ones too means there's a huge opportunity to create something wonderful. None of us should be worried about championing men or applauding and rewarding them. Let us be inspired by the great man Herbert Spencer who I mentioned earlier and work together make a society a place that enables us all to start building modern men.

Professor Green's Incredible Plea To Battle Stigma Of Suicide Makes For Powerful Viewing

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK

One of Britain's best-selling rap artists last night gave an emotional account of his drive to break down the stigma and taboo surrounding suicide on ...

Bus Driver Abandons Vehicle To Save Suicidal Woman On Bridge

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.10.2015 | UK

CCTV footage has captured the moment a quick-thinking bus driver leapt from his vehicle to save a suicidal woman standing on a bridge. The inciden...

Rugby Player Held Stranger's Hand For An Hour As She Threatened To Jump Off M4 Bridge

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

A rugby player clung on to a woman's hand for more than an hour after she threatened to jump off an M4 bridge. Michael Owen, 22, held the woman's ...

Last Image Emerges Of Former BBC Reporter As Friends Suggest Foul Play In Mysterious Airport Death

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

The last known pictures of former BBC journalist Jacky Sutton have emerged, showing the 50-year-old just minutes before she was found dead in a Turkis...

Perhaps I Can Survive

Matt Streuli | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

Perhaps this stupid stigma can be dropped. Perhaps you could fund the NHS for better preventative care so conditions like cancer and depression are treated equally. Perhaps then it won't take six months for the right diagnoses to be passed or for a crisis to happen. Perhaps if we target these things in our communities we can prevent some of those 6,233 deaths?

Surviving My Husband's Suicide

Lily Temperley | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lily Temperley

I loved telling him that out of everything in the world, he was my favourite. He was my rock as I tried to validate myself and grab at any chance to climb the slippery corporate ladder. I wish that I'd spent more time with him rather than at my desk, doing monotonous hours of what I now see as meaningless work.

Did My Brother Commit Suicide Because He Felt He Couldn't Ask for Help?

Anna-Louise Dearden | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna-Louise Dearden

Chris was gone. The brother who was born in the same year as me, but wasn't my twin. Irish twins it's called. Born 11 months apart, stuck at the hip while we were kids, the one who used to take the flak for all my mischief.