UK Suicide

"If You Talk to a Man in a Language He Understands, That Goes to His Head. If You Talk to Him in His Language, That Goes to His Heart."

Dameyon Bonson | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dameyon Bonson

I've been working in men's health, mental health and suicide prevention, for quite a while now and there is a tendency to try and 'fix and change' people (particularly men) to be 'better versions of themselves'. All in the spirit of healthier lives, etc., etc.

Younger Child Suicide Rates Published For First Time, Revealing 'National Scandal'

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK

Nearly 100 children aged 10 to 14 killed themselves in the UK in the past decade in what charities have called a "national scandal". The figures, p...

Stigma leads to Suicide - It's Time To Talk

Matt Streuli | Posted 03.02.2016 | 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.

Advice For Parents: Children And Antidepressants

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Parents

Children who are prescribed certain antidepressants may have "double the risk" of suicide and aggressive behaviour, a new study has suggested. Rese...

Going to DadsHouse

Karen Woodall | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

DadsHouse runs many projects but the most recent is particularly special because it helps dads who are homeless with temporary accommodation, which in turn gives them a chance to build relationships with their children.

What Is Stigma? Explore Mental Health

Matt Streuli | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Streuli

#ExploreMH is a series of articles and YouTube videos aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds Mental Health. You can watch the accompanying v...

I Nearly Died So, In 2016, It's Time to Truly Live

Tom Haward | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Haward

Make no mistake, if you know someone who suffers from depression, they are crawling up a muddy mental bank with all their strength. I allowed the illness too much presence in my life, in the respect that I failed to cry for help when I needed it most.

Suicide - The Silent Epidemic

Sangeeta Mahajan | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sangeeta Mahajan

Suicide is the biggest killer of young men in the UK. More than a 100 people die of suicide every week yet no one talks about it. As a society and community, as teachers and parents, as friends and colleagues we need to educate ourselves, ask questions, demand better care for ourselves and our loved ones, especially the young.

There Is No Shame in Feeling Suicidal, For Some People It Is Habitual

Sanchita Islam | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sanchita Islam

It was the day after Christmas, in the early hours, that I finally called the Samaritans. I wasn't sure why I called at that precise moment, my voice was strained because I had been bottling things up for weeks thinking it was better to be stoic and struggle on like everyone else does.

Turkey President Erdogan 'Talks Man Out Of Suicide' On Christmas Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 26.12.2015 | UK

Extraordinary video footage has captured the moment that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked a man out of jumping off a bridge on Christmas ...

People Speak Out About Losing A Loved One To Suicide

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In a heart-wrenching video, people have opened up about how it feels to lose loved ones to suicide. They hope to remind others that there's no sham...

Finding Out You're Disabled

Matt Streuli | Posted 07.12.2015 | 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...

Poorna Bell

Professor Green: 'Suicide Isn't About Us, It's About That Person And What They Went Through'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Stephen Manderson aka Professor Green and I belong to a special club. I’m not talking about Shoreditch House, which is where we are in...

To Tackle Male Suicide, We Have to Change What It Means to Be a Man

Daniel Morris | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Morris

We have a duty to help both the current and future generations of young men, and that duty entails not only talking, but also action. Men need to be taught to prioritise wellbeing over perceived strength, and this teaching needs to begin from the first day of their lives, not after a failed suicide attempt.

David Baddiel: How To Talk To Men About Depression

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.12.2015 | 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 23.12.2015 | 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?