This campaign focuses on encouraging male friends to look out for each other. The aim is to foster open and direct conversations about any concerns, including thoughts of suicide and mental health issues.
Young and middle aged men are roughly three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, with 76 per cent of all suicides in 2014 being men (ONS, NISRA, GRO 2014).
Figures show that 1 in 40 think about suicide over the course of a year. Locally Brighton & Hove has had a higher rate of deaths by suicide than the national average for more than a century, with significant higher rates of suicide among men aged 36-64 years old. The latest figures show us as the ninth highest among local authority areas in England; Brighton & Hove is ranked 136 of 144 local authorities.
If you are thinking about suicide and perhaps don't think you have anyone to talk to, support is available across Brighton & Hove from the following:
24 hours confidential emotional support for anyone.
Freephone 116 123, this number does not show up on phone bills and is free to call from landlines and mobiles, including pay-as-you-go mobiles.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably offers confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting to men anywhere in the UK through their helpline. Monday-Friday from 1pm-11pm every day, calls free from landlines and most mobiles.
Tel: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat (5pm - midnight): www.thecalmzone.net
For Brighton & Hove residents aged 18 and over who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or those bereaved by suicide:
Tel: 01273 709060
A suicide prevention pocket resource for the UK. Stay Alive offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.
View in Google Play
View in Apple App Store
You may also find Mind in Brighton & Hove's page on Men's Mental Health useful.
You can find a list of extra suicide prevention resources (including national and online resources) here.
Men have been sending us their #OKselfies to encourage open and direct conversations about suicide.
We have painted several electrical boxes around Brighton. Have you encountered this street art campaign? If so, please help us improve this project by taking our survey here. There's a chance to win a signed print from Madderdoit?
Download the poster's below and share with friends, family members or co-workers.
Download the wallet card below and use it as an opportunity to ask a friend about suicide.
We have received such generous donations supporting those in the area who are taking part in local challenge events.
Good luck to those running for Grassroots in this year's Brighton Marathon!
"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."