Re-blogged by The Belle Jar: Men, Feminism & Mental Health

My third article for The Belle Jar Magazine.

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A while ago, I came across this fascinating article by Holly Baxter. It discussed the ‘clear gender bias’ in suicide statistics. Jane Powell, the head of the male suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM.) states:

“The simple, numerical fact of the matter is that men are dying by their own hand far more than women. We need to tackle that immediately.”

I mentioned the article to my Mum. She knows many of the people I admire (Kurt Cobain, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolf) all ended their lives through suicide, and she often worries this is the aspect of them that I idolise. It isn’t, I admire the artists, not their demise. However, I am interested in mental health, and strive to understand people and their perspectives. Fortunately, we have never lost a loved one through suicide and hopefully it will always be that way.

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The conversation stayed with me…

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