Through this documentary I explore the stigma surrounding male mental health, and the prevalence of male suicide in the UK. You’ll hear accounts from parents and families who unexpectedly faced their worst nightmare, including a father who lost his teenage son to suicide.
According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, 6,122 people took their own lives in the UK, in 2014. Three quarters of those were men. That is 4,630 deaths by suicide, in one year.
Suicide is a major contributor to male morality, and is the single biggest killer of men aged 49 and under in the UK. In fact, men are almost four times more likely to take their own lives than women.
Despite this, suicide can still be considered a taboo, which people often shy away from discussing, in public or in private.
The silence surrounding male suicide, lack of explanatory research and reluctance among men, to seek help for suicide related concerns, made me want to investigate further.
In November 2015, Members of Parliament were warned by suicide prevention charities including the Samaritans and Rethink Mental Illness, that male suicide was a national public health emergency.
Immediately I wanted to know how it had got to this point, whether anything had changed since, and why men are more likely to turn to suicide.
This is THE SILENT EPIDEMIC.
FOLLOW MY JOURNEY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on the project, please visit ‘The Silent Epidemic’s’ social media pages, on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve created a news feed on Storify, with all of the latest on male suicide.
WATCH: ‘LEFT BEHIND’
You can watch the stories of my interviewee’s, who have all been directly impacted by male suicide.
Additionally, you can follow the production process from start to finish.