When it comes to mental health and men, the facts and stats make for difficult reading. We’ve all watched the campaigns and we’ve all read the headlines:
Men's Mental Health
is in Crisis
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.
1 Each Minute,
Globally, on average, one man dies by suicide each minute of each day.
3 out of 4
The rate of male suicide is alarmingly high: 3 out of 4 suicides in the UK are by men.
There’s a numbness that comes with these stats. We can spend so much time looking at them, we can lose sight of the stories. And it’s the stories that we want to hear. The stories on the side of life, not just on the side of death (although we must continue to tell these too). The stories are there, lodged in the throats of the men in our lives choked by emotion.
When it comes to men’s mental health, there are no easy answers, but it’s more important than ever to keep asking questions. Questions that will let these stories out. Talking Men’s Club is the start of this journey for us. It’s a project about listening, as much as it is about talking.