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Londoners: Mind the Chap this Men’s Health Week

Londoners, commuters, folks of all genders, faiths and professions, please ‘Mind The Chap’ this Men’s Health Week #MHW2016 because suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK.

To help raise awareness of this awful fact, TOPMAN and Octopus Investments have joined forces with CALM to produce 20,000 limited edition oyster card holders, branded with the message ‘Mind The Chap’, which will be handed out to people at busy London stations during the morning and evening commutes this Thursday 16 June, serving as a reminder that male suicide rates remain 3 times higher than female.

Despite our recent shocking findings that 42% of men in the UK had considered taking their own life, male suicide remains a taboo subject. Worryingly, half of those men did not talk to anyone about it, and nearly half of those that stayed silent did so because they “didn’t want people to worry”. A third felt ashamed, 37% did not want to make a fuss and 43% didn’t want to talk about their feelings. ***

Whether you’ve been handed a Mind The Chap holder, seen one of our #Mandictionary posters or you’ve read a piece by one of CALM’s writers on Huff Po, we encourage you to discuss the #BiggerIssues affecting men and share your thoughts on social media.

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Participating stations:
Charing Cross, Green Park, Bond Street, South Kensington,  Earl’s Court, Hammersmith.

Morning shift: 8.00-10.00
Evening shift: 16.30-19.00

*Based on data published by ONS, GRO and NISRA, CALM concludes that there were 6,109 probable suicides in the UK in 2014, of which 76% or 4,623, were male. In line with Dept of Health reporting, figures presented are for persons aged 15 years and over and suicide is defined as deaths given an underlying cause of intentional self-harm or injury/poisoning of undetermined intent. Download CALM’s compiled figures for 2014 here.

**Based on a YouGov survey of 2,015 GB adults aged 16+.

***Based on a YouGov poll of 2,142 UK men aged 18 – 45 years.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article or in the comments below, are not those held by CALM or its Trustees unless stated, and liability cannot be accepted for such comments. We encourage friendly and constructive debate, but please don't share personal contact details when commenting and exercise caution when considering any advice offered by others. We don’t allow abusive, offensive or inappropriate comments or comments that could be interpreted as libellous, defamatory or commercial and we will remove these without warning as and when we find them.

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