3 September 2020

Movember responds to ONS Suicide findings for England and Wales

Office for National Statistics announce male suicide rate in England and Wales highest since 2000
Mental Health

In response to the Office for National Statistics announcement that the male suicide rate of 16.9 deaths per 100,000 in England and Wales was the highest since 2000.

Brendan Maher, Movember's Global Director of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention said: “It is very upsetting to see these figures. Every suicide represents a tragic loss of life. We know that suicide is a very complex problem and one of the most difficult public health challenges of our time. Our hearts go out to everyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Whilst the numbers are sobering we can't forget the tireless work being done in our community to prevent suicide. Family caring for family, friends caring for friends, colleagues caring for colleagues. Our frontline workers and crisis support workers are working tirelessly to keep people safe and well. 

It further reinforces Movember’s commitment and dedication to reducing suicide rates amongst men, and strengthening natural supports is a key focus of our work. Tools such as Movember Conversations provide very practical guidance on how to support those in your life who might be struggling. Sometimes we don’t know where to start, or what to say if someone says they’re not OK. And whilst we know these conversations may be difficult, having them can save lives.”

Movember’s work in mental health focuses on prevention and early intervention which, evidence shows, can have a positive impact on men at risk of poor mental health and suicide.

There is a greater need for support for community-based early intervention programmes such as Movember’s Ahead of The Game which improves mental health literacy and resilience in young athletes, their parents and sports coaches.

As part of the Rugby League World Cup 2021 Mental Fitness Charter this evidence-based scheme will be delivered throughout the north of England including Yorkshire and the Humber which has the highest rate for male suicides in the country.

We know that having strong social connections can have a protective effect which is why we fund programmes such as Men’s Pie Club in the north east of England - which is aimed at reducing isolation in socially isolated men in their middle years.

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