Having heard about the story line for Coronation Street about Male suicide, it was great to hear that one of the soaps who have a vast following, were able to tackle this issue and raise awareness. I personally couldn’t watch it as it brought back some terrible memories of when I lost someone to suicide last year but reading some of the articles following the broadcast, it makes me happy that people are starting to talk about it.
It was noted that the writers for the story line has been working closely with mental health charities including Samaritans and especially CALM. The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. For more information about the charity, follow the link: https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Having TV shows raising awareness to these important issues supported by the media and social media then it helps keep the messages at the forefront of everyone’s mind that help and support is there. There has been some great feedback on how Coronation Street Cast and crew portrayed this issue and as it was mentioned in the BBC article following the broadcast, the Producers said the plot “is designed to give people who hide their feelings of desperation a chance to start a conversation”. The Producers had well and truly achieved this as many people have reached out to the charities and started these conversations on social media to gain help and support and some people have already shared their experiences to help others. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44064617)
I am just waiting now to see how the aftermath plays out following the revelation of Aidan’s death. My personal experiences I have had with suicide was that people can view suicide as selfish and that they need something or someone to blame. Hopefully they cover all the types of emotions that people may encounter following on from a shock death which can’t really be explained properly.
Me, personally, I know what it is like to be in a position where you do feel like there is no way out and that you feel that you would be doing people a favour by not being here anymore causing pain and suffering for others. Having seen the devastation that can follow, it really made me see the impact my decision would have had on others if I was to go through with my plan. When you are feeling down, you may feel like you are suffering in silence as you may want to hide how you are feeling so you wouldn’t worry others or may be a pride thing or that you feel no one else has ever felt like this before but that’s where you are wrong. Many people all over the world have suffered from depression, low moods and periods of feeling down and had suicidal thoughts. So with this in mind, there are many charities that have been set up to offer support and guidance to help you find your inner voice to ask for help. These charities can offer the ability for you to talk to them about any concerns or feelings that you have as many people don’t talk about how they feel to friends or family in case those people could misunderstand how they feel, take things personally or downplay the feelings (due to lack of knowledge of how to deal this situations like this).
I hope you have found what I have written helpful in some way. Don’t be scared to ask for help if you need it and just remember you are not alone! IT IS OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY!
Help numbers if you do need support:
Samaritans (116 123) operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at firstname.lastname@example.org , write to Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA and visit to find your nearest branch.
CALM (0800 58 58 58) has a helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. They’re open 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.