If you are a man between 20 and 49, you’re more likely to die from suicide than from cancer, a road accident or heart disease. Every week 84 men in the UK take their own lives. The majority of these men will not have been diagnosed with any mental health issues. The majority will have suffered in silence or tried to self-medicate themselves… and failed.
Mental health isn’t talked about enough; men’s mental health even less.
Ideas around what it means to be a strong man, the shame and stigma associated with mental health issues and a lack of high profile people speaking out all contribute to many men suffering in silence.
London fitness studio @manorlondon is spearheading a campaign for the fitness industry and beyond, to show that strong men are not silent when it comes to mental health.
Manor have partnered with clothing brand Lululemon to curate a series of events inviting men to train together and talk about issues that affect their daily lives Four talks, on four subjects, with four different speaker panels, culminating in a night of white collar boxing ‘Fight For Your Manor III’ on November 15th.
These events are being put on for men, by men, in the spirit of breaking down the stigma and judgement about sharing the struggles men face daily.
Loads of influencers have started spreading the message online to support the brand and the campaign, as you can see below.
The stereotypical ‘strong and silent’ response is costing too many lives and preventing too many men from seeking help when they need it most. It’s time for men to be Strong NOT Silent and share their struggles. So many men have stood up for me in the past, so this time, I’m standing up for them.” (@laurabiceps)