A new men’s suicide prevention campaign has recently been launched to highlight the importance of encouraging male friends to look out for each other. The campaign led by Grassroots Suicide Prevention, in partnership with MindOut, Mankind and Samaritans, aims to foster open and direct conversation about any concerns, including thoughts of suicide.
Young and middle aged men are roughly three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, with 76 per cent of all suicides in 2014 being men (ONS, NISRA, GRO 2014).
Figures show that 1 in 40 think about suicide over the course of a year. Locally Brighton & Hove has had a higher rate of deaths by suicide than the national average for more than a century. Current rates are the ninth highest among local authority areas in England; Brighton & Hove is ranked 136 of 144 local authorities.
Across the city, support is available from groups including Mental Health Rapid Response Service, the Samaritans and Survivors of Suicide (See bottom of post for further details)
Can you help raise awareness and pledge support?
We can all help by just talking. I’m supporting the #OKSelfie: all you need to do is ask ‘you alright mate? – David Stockdale, Brighton & Hove Albion FC Goalkeeper
Please get involved and post a picture of your #OKselfie to Twitter.
For more information about the campaign, please click here.
If you’re interest in men’s mental health, please have a look at our Men’s Health Wellbeing Article
MHRRS – Mental Health Rapid Response Service
For anyone who is in danger of harming themselves or others:
Tel: 01273 242220. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. www.gp.brightonandhoveccg.nhs.uk/mental-health
24 hours confidential emotional support for anyone.
Freephone 116 123, this number does not show up on phone bills and is free to call from landlines and mobiles, including pay-as-you-go mobiles.
Survivors of Suicide
For Brighton & Hove residents aged 18 and over who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or those bereaved by suicide: