Amid reports of the UK seeing a male suicide every two hours, Simon Gunning, CEO of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), said the staggering rates are the “clearest indicator that we are doing very badly in certain areas.”
“The issue is there are 84 men a week who choose a permanent solution to temporary problems,” Gunning said. “Unable to see hope, they think death is better than life.”
Overall, suicide claims the lives of 6,000 people in the UK, the majority of whom (75 percent) are male. It has prompted CALM to launch Project84, a campaign aimed at raising awareness about suicide in the country.
The project entailed the erection of 84 statues on the roof of ITV News’ headquarters in London, each one representing a man who chose death over life.
“[Families] look out across London with collective defiance. They are saying that it is unacceptable. What we are saying is that if there were people dying from anything else there would be public outrage,” Gunning told RT.
“But because we are constricted by embarrassment we don’t mention the ‘s’ word. We want this issue to be confronted and want us to create a society were men can communicate, where they can seek help and where they can live a life less miserable.”