International Men’s Day, observed on the 19th of November, is an occasion to raise awareness about various issues affecting men and boys, and this year, MHSS is taking a strong stance on the theme of “Zero Male Suicide”. The company is committed to addressing the critical issue of male suicide and providing support to those in need.
Each year, countless lives are impacted by the devastating effects of male suicide. The suicide rate among males is a significant concern. In 2021, it was approximately four times higher than the rate among females.
As part of its dedication to this cause, MHSS is taking the initiative to share vital information with the public to recognise the signs that someone may be contemplating suicide and also to identify the signs of individual vulnerability. In the maritime industry, the situation is also alarming. A study covering the years 1960-2009 showed that out of 17,026 total deaths of seafarers, 1,011 died as a result of suicide, which is approximately 5.9%.
MHSS says its goal is to create a community that is well-informed, empathetic, and proactive in preventing male suicide.
MHSS understands and stresses the importance of recognising the signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. These signs are not always easy to detect, but being attentive and supportive can make a significant difference. Some common indicators include:
• Social withdrawal: A sudden or prolonged withdrawal from social activities and relationships.
• Expressing hopelessness: Verbal expressions of feeling trapped, hopeless, or having no reason to live.
• Changes in behaviour: Drastic changes in behaviour, routine, or daily habits.
• Giving away possessions: Unusual attempts to give away personal possessions.
• Talking about suicide: Openly discussing thoughts of self-harm or suicide.
It is equally important to identify personal vulnerability factors that may elevate the susceptibility to suicide. Some common vulnerability indicators include:
• Mental health conditions: Recognition of factors such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.
• Substance misuse: Identification of instances involving the misuse of alcohol or drugs
• History of suicide attempts: Awareness of any past suicide attempts, emphasising the need for tailored support.
• Recent bereavement: Sensitivity to grief resulting from the loss of a loved one or significant life changes.
• Social isolation: Recognition of limited social support and connections, emphasizing the importance of fostering a supportive network.
These considerations are essential in developing a comprehensive understanding of the factors contributing to vulnerability, allowing for targeted interventions and support mechanisms.
MHSS remains committed to the mission of “Zero Male Suicide”. By sharing this information, it hopes to empower individuals and the community to take an active role in preventing male suicide, supporting those in need, and promoting mental well-being.
To learn more about MHSS’ initiatives and resources related to male suicide prevention, please visit its website: https://www.mentalhealth-support.com/