‘A crisis of masculinity’
Male suicide in Britain is at a 15 year high, according to a new report by the mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
At Depression Alliance we know that loneliness, economic pressures and the stigma surrounding mental health problems are contributing to a culture where men still suffer in silence and do not get help and support they urgently need. CALM’s A Crisis in Modern Masculinity report, revealing that just 53% of men confide in someone about their depression (as opposed to 74% of women), comes as no surprise to us, and we know what a life-line it can for both men and women to have a network of friends who understand depression.
The growth and success of our new Friends in Need community highlights the desperate need for everyone affected by depression to have a supportive network where they can talk and share support without fear or judgement, to help people get better and stay well.
Mike in Abergavenny, organiser of a new local Friends in Need group called Men Heal UK says, “We chat about everything and anything, We’re a social group to help share positive strategies that have worked for us, and also to have a laugh as well.”