It’s 2016: Men are allowed to cry too

Weddings, funerals and ‘Men In Black 3’. Huffpost is asking men from across the country to tell them when the last time they cried was, to highlight the pressures they face and raise awareness of male suicide. #BoysDoCry

Suicide is very much a male issue, with men almost four times more likely than women to take their own life, but the reasons why are unclear.

 By the end of today in the UK about 12 men will have died at their own hands. It happened yesterday and it will happen tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after that too. Actually, there’s no indication of when it will stop. Suicide among men is an epidemic that we are only starting to face up to. Figures show that 76% of lives lost to suicide in the UK are male. In 2014, male suicide accounted for some 76% of all suicides. It is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.  

 By the end of today in the UK about 12 men will have died at their own hands.

This November, HuffPost UK is running a month-long focus around men to highlight the pressures they face around identity and to raise awareness of the epidemic of suicide. The entire month will be dedicated to talking about the mental health and well-being issues that impact on the lives of men in their Building Modern Men series. To address some of the issues at hand, Building Modern Men presents a snapshot of life for men, the difficulty in expressing emotion, the challenges of speaking out, as well as kick starting conversations around male body image, LGBT identity, male friendship and mental health. Help support this great campaign and share the last time you cried with the hashtag #BoysDoCry.  Click here for the full article introducing Building Modern Men.

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Our main project:  “Free Yourself” Healing Families; Ending Domestic Violence”, is the first global domestic violence campaign incorporating six media assets: social media, fully interactive web-based platform, short film, documentary, photobook and 10 music benefit concerts in 10 cities around the world. This campaign explores the enculturation of violence through families over generations, and how does one, whether the abuser or the abused, interrupt the pattern of violence? Funded by a combination of private equity funding and corporate sponsorship, this campaign is an example of social entrepreneurship in action. For more information on how to become involved in this breakthrough campaign, email info@freeyourselfglobal.com. You can also share you stories of domestic violence with us at FreeYourselfGlobal.com or with the hashtag #FreeYourselfGlobal.

 

 

 

 

 

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