Mr Boyle, 26 at the time of his death, was found in a wooded garden two miles from his family home in Purley. According to his sister Naomi Anderson, this was not the first attempt he had made to take his own life.
Now the 30 year old Accounts Manager has spoken out against the mental health system, which she believes failed to help her younger brother when he needed it most.
“Kevin had suicidal thoughts in 2010 and confided to friends and family, which resulted in him being sectioned, and his treatment was brutal. He was pinned down, sedated, with no compassion for his condition. It was a disgusting way to treat anybody,” she said.
One in 5,700 men commits suicide every year, making suicide the most common way for a young man to die.
Mrs Anderson believes that the lack of support available for men suffering with depression is shockingly low. There is a certain notion that asking for help is a sign of weakness. This means that many young men continue to struggle on through life without help.
She is now using her brother’s tragic death to raise awareness for male depression, and hopes that some good will come out of her devastating loss.
Dave Ahern, head chef of Ben’s Canteen in Clapham, has been so moved by Mr Boyle’s suicide that he has promised to help fight the stigma surrounding depression in the ‘macho’ restaurant industry.
On April 30 Mr Ahern will be hosting a charity dinner for 200 people in order to raise £70,000 for suicide prevention charity Calm. The dinner will be attended by 50 chefs, including Michelin-starred Russel Brown and MasterChef winner Mat Follas.
Depression is not something to be ashamed of. Seeking help is the first step towards getting better. To find out more about how counselling can help people battling with depression, please visit our Types of Distress section.
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