Here at Headcase our mission is to make mental health something that EVERYONE can talk about.

Openly, easily and honestly, without fear or shame.
Children, the elderly, men, women – EVERYONE.

One section of our population who still seem to find it most difficult to talk honestly about their metal health, is MEN.

And the statistics for male mental health problems and male suicide, are truly shocking.

In 2014 the rate of suicides in the UK were registered as 16.8 per 100,000 for men, and 5.2 per 100,000 for women. 

The highest suicide rate in the UK in 2014 was for men aged 45-49, at 26.5 per 100,000.

It feels ghastly to use statistics like this. They’re so impersonal and cold.
It makes each person, each life, each story, and each family feel like a number on a list.

But these numbers illustrate a terribly high number of preventable deaths – with more of these in the male population than any other.

The video linked below offers real HOPE that there IS a way to overcome a moment of such despair, that ending life seems like the only way forward.

These men are very brave to share their stories. 

We at Headcase hope films like this, and projects like Headcase, can carry on opening people’s minds to the fact that


And everyone should feel able to find the help they need, to do so.

If you would like more information about this, or sources of support, try CALM or the Samaritans, as first ports of call.

And please, PLEASE keep talking about it, and looking out for your friends.

If they don’t seem quite well in themselves, or different in some way you can’t quite put a finger on but you don’t think is quite ‘right’, it might be worth gently asking if they are OK, and if they want to talk about it.

Talking in time, can save lives. 

NewsLiz Fraser