Suicide is still the single biggest killer of young British men. The reasons are myriad, sometimes opaque and always individual, and men, shockingly, still make up three-quarters of those who take their own life in the UK.
Despite recently released figures showing male suicide rates in the UK have fallen to their lowest levels in more than 30 years – in 2017, there were 4,383 male suicides, a rate of c15.5 per 100,000 men according to data from the Office For National Statistics. But death by suicide remains the biggest killer in men between 20 and 45 in the UK. We can’t rest easy when such a tragic thing can still happen to our friend, our family, our neighbour, someone working with us, or ourselves.
Manfulness is a new approach to real-time support, content and private coaching for mid-life men, dads, sons, brothers, leaders and transitioning males who want to find clarity, purpose and peace of mind with where they are and where they’re going.
Our goal is that by removing outdated, toxic ideologies of masculinity from day-to-day living, we can help men live happier, more fulfilled roles in the community whilst also knocking down the barriers that face other groups from all walks of life.
I’m committed to offering my expertise in coaching, mentorship, data and strategic design to help find methods of care and support outside the usual channels. The problem we need to solve isn’t CSR, or charity, it’s not wanting our sons to ever to feel like they’re lost, lonely, or forgotten about.
For the past 3 years I have used my resources, money, speaking opportunities, and research to look at technologies role in combatting the growing problem of mens mental health and suicide prevention. Groups of us have spent a lot of time and resources inventing, innovating, coding, designing, researching and making to see if there is a role for technology in this space… the signals are looking positive.
Men will talk, they will say what is on their mind. They do have issues that need to be unpacked… but they won’t always speak directly with another human.
Create systems that listen, give basic advice, offer distractions at points of crisis, and ultimately point men at the right human intervention. Smart triage.
ManMade, Birmingham, 2016
Nobody fights this fight alone, and I feel really priviliged to work with many incredible minds from across the entire spectrum of support and prevention. It’s really important in this line of work to have access to experts, qualified professionals, and people who work at the very forefront of the issues. My team of advisors, contacts, and front-line workers helps keep the work focused, ethically grounded, and focused on the right issues.
Founder and Director of Forward For Life
Founder and director of common unity
award-winning mental health campaigner
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