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Man Up. Man Down.



TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide.

I was scrolling through Twitter (follow me here) recently and came across the saddening story of another beautiful light being suddenly snuffed out under the oppressive hands of suicide.

Scott Hutchinson, former front man of the Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, was found dead on Thursday 10th May 2018. Hutchinson had been battling with depression for a number of years and he has been quite vocal about these issues regarding his mental health.

It completely breaks my heart when I see the men of our world going to the very last resort as a means of dealing with their mental health when they shouldn’t have even reached that point in the first place. Yes, he was given a platform to vocalize his struggles and how it seriously impacted on his daily life as well as those who face the same issues.

But why did it stop there? Why are we still so bent on following the idiotic principle of telling men to “man up” about their issues?

AREN’T MEN HUMAN BEINGS TOO? 

It’s time to throw away that archaic societal norm that men aren’t allowed to be emotional. That men aren’t allowed to come forth and speak about their problems. And of course that men aren’t allowed to reach out for help.

We know our men are hurting. Why aren’t we reaching in to help them?

Suicides among men are at an all time high because according to statistics, every 20 minutes a man in the US commits suicide. God alone knows how much more it could be around the globe. For every 3 to 4 men in Trinidad and Tobago, one man takes his own life. That… Is too much.

People only begin to care when you’re gone. When the deed has already been done.

Why wait? Let’s help our men now. Before there’s another man down.

SUICIDE HOTLINES:

Trinidad and Tobago: (868) 645-2800

United States of America: 1-800-273-8255

Canada: 1-866-2993553

South Africa: 0861-322-322

India: 02264643267, 02265653267, 02265653247

Guyana: 223-0001, 223-0009,  223-0818

IF ANY OF THESE ARE WRONG OR OUTDATED, PLEASE COMMENT THE CORRECT HOTLINE NUMBER 🙂

 

 

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