Being a man and depressed is nothing to feel shameful about

September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day.

CapeTalk anchor Africa Melane together with Garron Gsell, chief executive officer and founder of the Men’s Foundation spoke about the alarming rates of suicide and how men tend to shy away from being openly honest about their mental wellbeing.

Gsell says the expectation placed on men to present themselves in a masculine manner prevents them from exploring the emotional challenges they face on a daily basis, which may be the reason we see such high numbers of suicide committed every year.

South Africa unfortunately holds the eighth highest suicide rate in the world and two hundred and thirty attempted suicides every day says Gsell.

Ten percent of those are successful unfortunately.

Garron Gsell, chief executive officer and founder of the Men’s Foundation

The perception that we as men need to uphold the position of being breadwinners and cannot be seen as weak is worrying.

Garron Gsell, chief executive officer and founder of the Men’s Foundation

To remedy this situation, destigmatizing mental health is key adds Gsell. He goes on to say that it is important to give men the platform to openly discuss mental health issues.

It is okay to not be okay.

Garron Gsell, chief executive officer and founder of the Men’s Foundation

If you or someone you know need assistance with depression contact the South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG).

To contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, Call: 011 234 4837

For a suicidal Emergency contact 0800 567 567

24hr Helpline 0800 12 13 14

SMS 31393 (and they will call you back)

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