On November 19, International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. The day also recognises that men face their own challenges and this year the focus is ‘zero male suicide’.
According to Mankind (2023), a specialist charity in the UK focusing on male victims of domestic abuse, 11% of male victims have considered taking their life due to partner abuse. The charity has also seen an increase in calls regarding suicide ideation over the pandemic period and beyond.
Bradford Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence team have responded to the zero male suicide campaign by collating an information booklet called ‘What’s out there for me?’ He said.’. In addition to specialist abuse services for male victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse, the booklet also contains the more well-known positive mental health initiatives like Andy’s Man Club or the many Men’s Shed projects that are gaining greater reach and popularity across our district.
These groups in addition to local men’s groups are listed for any men across our district who might need to reach out for a bit of company. The groups gather, chat, laugh and most do activities together.
One member from Andy’s Man Club said:
‘I think I underestimated how lonely I’d become. A bitter break up; fairly new to the area, I decided I could wallow in self-pity or do something about it. And so I did. I went to a club meeting and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I was made to feel so welcome and I’ve made some great mates too. The banter and laughs I’ve had really have brought me back from what was a dark place but we talk too. Not just about the usual stereotype sports stuff, but how we’re feeling. It’s a safe place and for anyone reading this who may be feeling low, I’d urge you to try it. It’s been a life saver for me.’
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