Strength in silence?
Silence can be a killer
There are loads of popular sayings, captions, quotes, statements, words of wisdom…whatever you may call them on social media. People love them. They [appear] wise, insightful, deep and often representative of how many people feel the world is, or feel the world should be.
They are, by their very nature, often broad brush-stroke in delivery, beautifully represented on a backdrop of emotive imagery and bring with them a level of intelligent ‘common-consensus’ that means people will copy, paste, share and like and even adopt as part of their ‘reality.’
But sometimes they fall far short of hitting the universal level of ‘truth’ when it comes to men.
The socially imposed traditional identity of man means that for many of us, asking for help, talking out our troubles, accepting that others may help us find our own way out of the abyss we have found ourselves in are notions that are one step too far removed from what we as men have been programmed to do. It just doesn’t fit.
…”SOMETIMES, the strongest among us are the ones who smile through silent pain, cry behind closed doors and fight battles nobody knows about”….
…BUT SOMETIMES, this silence kills men and many men need to understand that there is no strength in silence.
There are over 6000 deaths in the UK by suicide each year.
Over three quarters of these suicides are by men.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
Men between the ages of 45 and 60 are most likely to take their own lives.
Just under every two hours, a man takes his own life. That’s 13 men a day.
The real strength is finding a way of asking for help.
For more information about what we are doing to support men to survive change in an ever changing world go to www.manmade.org.uk
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