Male mental health is an issue not often discussed, and one that men struggle to talk about. The silence engulfing this important issue correlates with the fact that male suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male. In other words, men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives.* Having two close (male) family relatives who are currently at the mercy of mental illness, this sensitive subject is something I can wholly relate to.
Good Morning Britain host, journalist and radio broadcaster, Sean Fletcher, will be addressing men’s mental health issues, as part of the Pure Land Series** event at the China Exchange on Monday 27th March 2017. Sean will be leading a panel of mental health experts and advocates: Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity; public speaker Jon Salmon; and a surprise guest. All members of the panel have either experienced mental health issues first hand, such as Jon Salmon or they deal with it professionally, such as Mind CEO Paul Farmer. This should provide an informed and moving discussion with varying views and insights that will make it an interesting and engaging event. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.
Jon Salmon, lost his father to suicide as a teenager, and has since been affected by mental illness for many years. He was hospitalised, having suffered a breakdown soon after starting his first job. He later lost someone close to him to suicide in 2016, and at that point realised that speaking out publicly would reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues, and could potentially save lives. Jon Salmon is running the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in support of Heads Together.
Through public campaigns, influencing decision makers and the services the local branches of the charity deliver in communities across England and Wales, Mind has touched millions of lives.
Paul Farmer has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity, since 2006. He is the Chair of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce, which create the current mental health plan ‘Five Year Forward View’ for the NHS in England. Awarded a CBE in 2016, Paul is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford and The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Men’s Mental Health: Why Men Suffer Quietly, China Exchange, Gerrard Street, London. Doors open at 18:00 event 18:30 – 19:45. For tickets and further information please visit: www.purelandseries.com
** The Pure Land Series at China Exchange invites inspirational speakers and like-minded people to share their visions of a world grounded in compassion, empowerment, spirituality and creativity. The series is hosted by the Pure Land Foundation, supporting charitable endeavours to promote social, spiritual and emotional wellness. It also aims to enrich lives through art and music.