The 10th of September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day. This year, Time to Change and the Samaritans will be focussing on men’s mental health.
Research by the Samaritans showed that middle-aged men are one of the most high-risk groups for suicide – they remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women. They are calling for social change, to help reduce the number of male suicides.
Masculinity – the way men are brought up to behave and the roles, attributes and behaviours that society expects of them – contributes to suicide in men.
This year, Time to Change Buckinghamshire are raising awareness of Men’s Mental Health. You can join in by sharing posters or social media posts, or by taking a look at Head’s Up, a new service for supporting men’s mental health.
On the 10th of September, you can show your support for suicide prevention by lighting a candle and placing it near a window at 8pm.