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The UK’s Male Suicide Crisis Takes 84 Lives Every Week

WSPD 5 FaceThumbEvery two hours in the UK, a man takes his own life. That means today, and every day of the year, 12 men in Britain will tragically cut their lives short. Suicide statistics are shockingly high, and while we’re certainly talking about mental health more than ever, the numbers are proof enough there’s a long,

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Every two hours in the UK, a man takes his own life.

That means today, and every day of the year, 12 men in Britain will tragically cut their lives short.

Suicide statistics are shockingly high, and while we’re certainly talking about mental health more than ever, the numbers are proof enough there’s a long, long way to go.

The main link to suicide is depression.

Men with a diagnosed mental health condition are shown to be at a ‘higher risk of either attempting and completing suicide’, according to MentalHealth.org.uk.

‘Depression’ was a word that came into my life was when I was very young. I’d been told my uncle ‘suffered’ with it, but it was rarely spoken about and I didn’t truly understand what it meant.

And then one morning I went downstairs to be told the news my uncle had died, and that he’d killed himself. I soon came to realise how serious mental health was, and is.

Having spent years suffering and never seeking help, putting on a brave face and ‘carrying on’, my uncle was well-prepared for how, and when he was going to end his life.

He had written a letter before he died, which was then read out at his funeral at his request. It was my uncle’s way of explaining why he’d taken his life, what day-to-day life had been like for him, how he was disappointed to wake up in the morning and how depression had consumed everything he did.

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My uncle had put a brave face on most days, taking his grandchildren out, spending time with the family and working hard, but underneath everything, he had been struggling until it became too much for him.

This death was heartbreaking. That was in 2005, and despite coming a long way since then, suicide is one of the leading causes of death of men in Britain to this day.

The Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2017 showed there were 6,639 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland (4,997 were men) in 2015, with the highest suicide rate being men aged 40 to 44.

According to the Samaritans, men are ‘three times more likely’ to take their own lives than women in the UK.

Charity Movember UK said suicide is the biggest killer of men aged 15 to 44 and they’re urging men to talk and seek professional advice if they’re concerned about their mental health.

And added:

We know around 75 per cent of all suicides across the world are men, and in some countries such as the USA, this rate is higher.

We are taking a stand to put an end to this problem. At the Movember Foundation, we are empowering men worldwide with the tools and resources to be mentally healthy and well and navigate the tough times, surrounded by friends and family.

Suicide is a complex yet preventable public health issue. We believe there are many contributing factors. Historically the dominant masculinity is one that champions stoicism, independence, invulnerability and avoidance of negative emotions. In particular, self-reliance has been shown to be associated with negative health outcomes including suicidal thinking.

We are encouraging men across the world to be men of more words because we know that talking saves lives. This is a good place to start but if they are concerned they may be depressed, anxious or thinking about suicide it is important they speak to a healthcare professional.

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Over the past few years, a number of men in the public eye have died by suicide thrusting male suicide into the public eye; Chester Bennington, Alexander McQueen, Robin Williams, Chris Cornell, and Gary Speed all ended their lives. Some were open about their battles, others weren’t.

Chester, in particular, was open about his struggles not only in his song lyrics, but in interviews.

In one interview with KissFM, he used the platform to explain what dealing with depression was like for him and how it clouded his judgement day-to-day:

I have a hard time with life. Sometimes it’s great, but a lot of times for me it’s really hard. No matter how I’m feeling, I always find myself struggling with certain patterns of behaviour. I find myself stuck in the same thing that keeps repeating over and over again. And I’m like ‘How do I end this?’.

And it’s that moment when you’re in it and then you kind of separate yourself from that situation and you look at it for what it is and you’re able to do something about it. You’ve now broken out of that circle, that cycle.

Sean Hedley, 27, has been speaking out about the stigma attached to young men, and how he’d hidden his depression for more than three years because he was scared people ‘wouldn’t want to know’.

The 27-year-old is on a mission to help other men talk about their mental health battles and been involved in setting up a group which runs Monday to Friday in Derby.

He told UNILAD:

When I was around 21, I started to struggle with depression. It was caused by a build of things; a break up in a relationship and being in and out of jobs.

From Monday through to Friday I hid it, laughing and joking on the construction site I was working on. It was like nothing was wrong with me. Then, I’d be going out at weekends, every weekend, hiding the fact I had something going on in my head and I wasn’t willing to accept it myself.

I had this horrible feeling people would think less of me and at that age you just want to be as popular as possible. I didn’t believe people would understand what was going on in my head.

I bottled it all up for a couple of years and eventually I broke down. Every time I woke up it was like waking up in a ice cold room with dark walls. I didn’t want to get up in the morning for work and I didn’t want to keep living the nightmare. This went on until I was around 24 or 25 and I finally went to the doctors. I’d had enough of feeling down and out. I’d had enough of not being myself.

Sean recorded an honest, open video talking about his struggles, which he then shared on social media, saying ‘It’s time to talk’.

Watch his video here:

The support group, which Sean is involved in, was set up to help other men talk, and to provide them a ‘safe zone’.

This gives people a platform to be able to open up and talk about their struggles, something Sean found helpful in his own experience.

He told us:

In January, I had a meeting with the Derby County Community Trust about setting up a group for males who suffer with mental health problems including stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and so on.

I wanted to create a ‘safe zone’ for men across Derbyshire. The trust were extremely helpful and keen to get involved and get a group set up. We have named the group ‘TeamTalk’ and run sessions every Monday from 6pm until 8pm.

In June we had our first session and we haven’t looked back since! We are growing at a rapid rate and I’m extremely proud that we have the group up and running!

A Movember spokesman said it’s important for men to not only prioritise their physical health, but their mental health as well.

Adding:

Men need to think about building and strengthening their mental wellbeing. Mental wellbeing is like a bank account you need to frequent and ongoing deposits by doing things like spending time with friends, doing exercise, resting, managing stress well, eating well and having courageous conversations, about what’s really going on their lives.

And also keep an eye on withdrawals that come from relationship and financial problems, drug and alcohol excess and significant stress.

Finally, Sean said:

We are all the same, we eat the same, drink and sleep the same. We all share the same emotions it’s just how we deal with the emotions that splits us apart, some people aren’t so good at it and some are.

We are in 2018 now, and I believe we should be the generation that tackles mental health.

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If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence, please don’t suffer alone. Call Samaritans for free on their anonymous 24-hour phone line on 116 123.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found at Suicide.org.

Save a life. Take the free suicide prevention training provided by Zero Suicide Alliance today.

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Pub Landlord Loses 13 Stone In 10 Months By Making One Simple Change

LAndlord2A pub landlord has lost just over an astonishing 13 stone in less than a year. 41-year-old Adam Joy had a diet which included a full English breakfast and at least seven pints of Stella a day, but has undergone an incredible transformation, losing 13-and-a-half stone of extra body fat. Amazingly, Adam is now closer

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A pub landlord has lost just over an astonishing 13 stone in less than a year.

41-year-old Adam Joy had a diet which included a full English breakfast and at least seven pints of Stella a day, but has undergone an incredible transformation, losing 13-and-a-half stone of extra body fat.

Amazingly, Adam is now closer than ever to his goal of having a well-defined six pack. Move over Cristiano Ronaldo!

Adam revealed he started his weight-loss journey after struggling to climb up the stairs, as well as suffering from elevated blood pressure.

At this point, the father-of-two decided to get in touch with his local Slimming World.

He said:

I couldn’t get up the stairs, there was even a time at Twickenham where I couldn’t get up to the next floor to watch the game.

However, Adam revealed there’s one big factor which has helped him drop the weight – and that’s getting off the pints.

As well as embarking on a fitness routine, which includes early-morning runs with his personal trainer, Adam from Kent says he’s kept the weight off by cutting out his late-night drinking sessions and substituted his pints, for gin.

The fast food has been swapped for lean, protein packed breakfasts – so he can still enjoy at least a modified full English – and in under a year, his weight-loss has reached 13.5 stone.

He revealed:

Now I still enjoy myself, I drink gin and slimline and still eat a cooked breakfast with bubble and squeak – just with leaner sausages.

Andy, from Kent, states his new lifestyle has given him more energy and more drive: 

The message I want to get across to people is that fad diets did not change my weight, it’s about long term strategies.

I’m close to achieving my goal of getting a six pack, I have until New Years Eve to complete it.

I now run four times a week and I go to the gym three or four times as well where I hit the weights.

Check out how Andy looks now:

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Andy’s waistline has reduced by six inches, thanks to his healthier choices, exercise, and long walks with his dog. His blood pressure has also improved.

His success at Slimming World saw him win the Man of the Year competition, which has led to him becoming a fat-loss mentor in Bexley, south east London.

His triumph with weight loss has rubbed off on some of his patients too – as a part-time weight-loss consultant Adam has taken on 20 overweight clients – with one couple losing 17 pounds in just a week.

His weight loss group – which has had over fifty new members – have lost a combined 20 stone in their first two weeks.

To keep up his good work – for himself and others – Andy puts on healthy curry nights at this pub, (the Bird in Hand, in Dartford), and also stocks 14 different ‘healthy’ gin options.

Adam is on a mission to encourage more men to follow in his footsteps and join slimming clubs, which he says have helped keep him on track:

I lost my first 11 stone in seven months through doing no additional exercise – it’s all about the diet to begin with.

I want to tell anyone on this journey to never give up aspiring to be the person you want to be.

Despite reaching his ‘ideal weight’ of 13 stone, Andy says he still really wants a six pack – hoping to achieve one before New Year’s Eve.

Well done Andy, what an inspiration!

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Cheerleader Tragically Dies After Complaining Of Flu-Like Symptoms

jessie melcolm webA teenager has tragically died only a day after she called her mother to complain of flu-like symptoms. 19-year-old Jessie Melcolm, a freshman student at Tallahassee Community College, was found unresponsive in her apartment on Tuesday (November 6). The former cheerleading captain from Florida was immediately rushed to hospital where sadly she later died. As

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A teenager has tragically died only a day after she called her mother to complain of flu-like symptoms.

19-year-old Jessie Melcolm, a freshman student at Tallahassee Community College, was found unresponsive in her apartment on Tuesday (November 6).

The former cheerleading captain from Florida was immediately rushed to hospital where sadly she later died.

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As reported by Action News Jax, the day before her unexpected death Melcom had rang her mother to complain of a headache and sore throat.

When Jessie’s mum had received no response to her messages the next day then, she asked a friend to check in on her daughter at the apartment.

Thee District 2 Medical Examiner’s Office has confirmed a preliminary cause of death has not yet been determined but foul play is not suspected.

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Family and friends are baffled by the news wondering what happened to the young and active cheerleader who also competed at state level in gymnastics at the Jacksonville Academy of Gymnastics.

While the Health Department awaits the autopsy reports, they could not comment on the investigation.

Authorities have stated though there are no initial signs of an overdose or meningitis which can kill someone within 24 hours of contracting the disease.

Dr. Sunil Joshi Director of the Duval County Medical Foundation then suggested Melcolm may have died as a result of a hemorrhage or aneurysm.

He explained:

Well if it’s not that, then an acute headache that leads to death within minutes or hours, you think about a hemorrhage or an aneurysm.

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Jessie’s friends and family have been receiving numerous messages of support as people have been remembering the teenager and paying tribute to her online.

The Creeks Baseball Club, where Melcolm’s father and brother are coaches, asked people to donate to a care package they are sending to the family.

On their website, the club wrote:

The Melcolm family is such a large part of the CBC family! We have been overwhelmed at the outpouring of love and offers of support for Coach Rusty, Coach Reed, and Coach Fitzpatrick’s family.

A care package, including food and various gift cards, is being assembled. If you would like to donate, please click on the PayPal link below. Any extra funds will be donated to the Melcolm family.

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Jessie’s friend Kennedy Whitsell posted an emotional tribute on Facebook sharing photos of the two of them together.

She wrote:

I woke up this morning still in shock of the loss of our sweet girl. Jessie was such an influential individual in my life. She had a way to brighten your day every time you saw her.

Please join me in praying for the Melcolm family in this time of tragedy. I still cannot seem to wake up from this dream, love you too much Jessie Girl, my forever guardian angel.

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Melcolm’s family will be hosting a gathering to celebrate Jessie’s life November 17.

Our thoughts are with Jessie’s friends and family during this difficult time.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Has Stopped Drinking And Is Doing Yoga Instead

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Growing up in the nineties and early Millennium the biggest name in wrestling wasn’t John Cena or Brock Lesnar, it was the beer-swilling, bad boy, Stone Cold Steve Austin. 

Austin, who’s considered by some as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, was best known for his outrageous behaviour and feuds with Triple H and Vince McMahon.

If there was one thing that Austin would never feud with though it was his greatest love of all, beer.

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Yes, Stone Cold Steve was synonymous with stone cold beer, often cracking open a few cheeky cans during matches or to celebrate finishing off an opponent.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end though and at the age of 53 Austin has revealed that he’s given up raising hell, quit alcohol and started doing yoga.

Stunning.

Austin made the announcement on his podcast The Steve Austin Show where he revealed he’d stopped drinking as part of an ongoing diet and exercise program.

He said: 

My eating program is going fantastic. [I’m] sticking to my exact macros. Zero alcohol for right at 14 days now.

Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up. Jesus Christ, I’m getting as strong as a goddamn horse over here.

No alcohol and when you hit the weights on a consistent basis and eat what you’re supposed to, it is amazing the difference that you can make or I’m making.

I’m also doing my DDP Yoga sh*t. Hell, I’m going to jump up here and do the splits like a god-dang cheerleader in a minute! I’m flexible as a motherf*cker.

Dallas’ program works like a b****. I appreciate it, Dallas. I appreciate it, man. That’s a badass program. I’m sticking to it!

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Austin also explained how he tried to swap the booze for medical marijuana to help manage the pain from injuries sustained during his pro-wrestling career and to keep his alcohol cravings at bay.

Unfortunately, medical marijuana isn’t for everyone and the experience left Stone Cold Steve a little paranoid that he’d get busted for enjoying a sly joint.

In his words:

I’m thinking, ‘man, here I am, retired from the wrestling business, a global icon and a national treasure, and I’m about to get busted for f*cking one joint because I wanted to try out a god damn marijuana cigarette, so I could get away from the booze.

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Good on Stone Cold for kicking the habit, and by habit I mean drinking Coors Light. I mean seriously not to go all beer snob on someone who could literally throw me across the room with one arm, but no wonder he never seemed drunk in the ring.

Coors Light is basically beer in name only, it’s swill Steve.

If you ever want a real drink let us know next time you’re in the UK, and we’ll treat you to a real pint like a frosty Boddingtons down The Wheatsheaf.

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