A friend alerted me to a programme on BBC1 Panorama at 20.30 BST on 13 April 2015. Titled A Suicide in the Family, it looks at the culture of silence which makes it hard for men to be open about what’s troubling them, so they suffer in silence. Rugby players and others give brief interviews recalling the time they began to speak to another person about their lives. Simply talking, and sharing a listening silence, provided a glimpse of change of a different possibility. A son remembers his dad, a forty-something successful man, who walked out from his family and killed himself one day, unable to voice his troubles.
The BBC website at www.bbc.co.uk also lists various groups offering help:
Papyrus works with young people to prevent suicide. Its helpline is 0800 068 4141.
Yana (You Are Not Alone) offers help for those working in farming who are affected by stress or depression. Its number is 0300 323 0400.
Rethink Mental Illness has more than 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. Its number is 0300 5000 927.
Samaritans provides 24-hour emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or thoughts of suicide. Its number is 08457 90 90 90.