Last night Friday we saw the show Fake it till you make it, a autobiographical show staring Bryony Kimmings and Tim Grayburn.
This poignant, award winning show deals directly with the issue of male depression and the importance of sharing your problems with others.
We cried and we laughed. But the biggest thing that stood out for me is how little boys are conditioned from an early age of how they should think, feel and behave.
Emotional expression and emotional resilience must be taught to all our children no matter their gender. No matter if they are male nor female the ability to express ourselves emotionally is essential. We must teach our children to master their minds and emotions not control or suppress them.
"Being silent is not being strong." This is the mantra of the male suicide prevention charity I volunteer for, The CALMzone / CALM. The Campaign Against Living Miserably. An organisation that focuses on Suicide prevention in men.
Every day around 15 men take their own lives in the UK, that is a rugby team of men, every single day. That is almost 5000 a year. This can no longer be ignored. This is an epidemic.
Over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt suicide. Hence, many millions of people are affected or experience suicide bereavement every year. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally in 2012.
78% of the total suicides are men. Don't you think there might be a bit of a problem? Something you may not know is that suicide is now the single biggest killer of men under 45. Speechless? I was.
But, not all hope is lost. Many men who get help go on to live healthy and happy lives managing their condition just like any other dis-ease of the body.
Together we can help turn the tide, but we can only do this if we show men that showing vulnerability, emotion and admitting they are not coping does not mean they are less of a man.
Please go see this show and spread this important message.
Thank you Bry and Tim.
You can find out more about Bryony Kimmings here in our interview