Every year, one in four people deals with a mental health issue in the UK. Even though mental health issues are prevalent, a stigma is still associated with them, making it challenging to discuss. Guys who display emotion are not “real men,” according to societal gender norms. Due to this reputation, men may hide their feelings from appearing manly and strong. Thus, men are less likely than women to ask for friends’ or doctors’ advice when experiencing mental health problems like depression, anxiety or stress.
Suicide is the leading cause of death among men under the age of 35 in the UK, accounting for over 75% of all suicide deaths, reported by Gov.uk
These statistics show worldwide support for men’s mental health is urgently needed. Keep in mind that nobody is born wishing to die, making suicide an entirely preventable death. If these deaths are preventable, we need to have an urgent, ongoing discussion about how to address this. So, let’s look at the risk factors leading to suicidal intent and strategic pointers one needs to consider when engaging men in suicide prevention.