According to Rethink Mental Illness charity, UK men are “three times as likely to die by suicide than women”. Mental Health UK says suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the country.
UK Men’s Sheds, help men overcome the challenges of isolation depression, lost hope and purpose. We join with many others across the world in support of World Suicide Prevention Day.
What is World Suicide Prevention Day?
Every September organisations the world over start a conversation to raise awareness about suicide to help tackle the stigma around talking and to share information about what we can all do to help prevent loss of life.
Where can I turn if someone I know is struggling with suicidal thoughts
UK Men’s Sheds Association are members of the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) who offer free training to anyone who wants to know how to help colleagues friends and family who are struggling.
Men’s Sheds do not claim to be a cure for mental health, but there are many Men who have found them to be life-changing. Folks who are struggling with loneliness, isolation, bereavement, anxiety and depression are often referred to / signposted to their local Men’s Sheds by doctors and health care workers as a non-medical approach.
This is called ‘Social Prescribing’ and can have long-lasting beneficial effects, rather than taking anti-depressants.
Beano is a Shedder who has struggled with suicidal thoughts but came through it and now works with Men’s Sheds to reach other men in the same situation.
Rewatch the live chat we had with Beano on 10 Sept 2021 on Youtube
Links referenced at the live session:
Find out more about RTPprojects: www.rtprojects.org.uk
The Never Give Up campaign. https://rtprojects.org.uk/campaigns/never_give_up
Where to get a Neve Give Up T-Shirt should anyone want one. https://rtprojects.org.uk/shop/shop
Link to never give up on Bandcamp. https://rtprojects.bandcamp.com/
Steve Pledger, the musician Beano worked with on Never Give Up. www.stevepledger.co.uk
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) point to a report which found that 78% of GPs reported prescribing antidepressants, despite believing that an alternative treatment would be more appropriate, but other approaches were either not available or had long waiting lists.
Hear what Men who have joined Sheds have to say
Other useful Services you can access
- Feeling Suicidal: CALM Charity | Samaritans
- Bereavement: At a loss Charity
- General Mental Health help: Mind Charity
It is something where you can sit there and do nothing or you can just get involved. But its just something to do that makes you feel good.’