A mental health charity is urging the Department of Health to launch a nationwide campaign raising awareness of male suicide in the UK, the biggest killer of men under the age of 35.
Danni Mather, 23, spoke to BBC reporter Sima Kotecha about his long-term struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts:
“It’s just complete emptiness. You can’t smile. You can be told the greatest joke in the world, the greatest news in the world, and you’ll just feel like its nothing. You just exist,” Mr Mather explained.
The young man, who is a talented musician, was able to overcome his suicidal feelings by finding professional help. He attributed his survival to having the opportunity to talk about his feelings.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm), a suicide prevention charity focusing predominantly on helping men, has appealed directly to the government to employ an effective strategy for lowering suicide rates, especially in an increasingly dark and difficult climate.
More families are aware of the dangers of salt than they are of male depression and, according to Jane Powell, director of Calm, this needs to change if we are to reduce suicide rates in Britain.
Comedian and novelist David Baddiel has opened up about his own struggle with depression, describing it as ‘not wanting to move’.
Despite growing awareness, mental illness is still a murky area in British society. People suffering from depression are often hugely misunderstood and as a result, the help simply doesn’t come.
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Sometimes having somebody to talk to can make all the difference.
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