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James Donaldson on Mental Health – GQ Mental Health Survey Reveals One-Third of Young Men Have Suicidal Thoughts

James Donaldson notes: I am turning more and more of my time and efforts towards mental health issues, especially pertaining to our young people and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of depression and suicidal thoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle

Men and Suicide (2)

One-third of men have experienced suicidal thoughts over the past year with social media having a significant negative impact on their mental health, a major survey by GQ magazine has found.

The State of Man research, conducted by YouGov to mark 30 years of GQ, paints a “worrying” picture of the mental health of the publication’s target readership, editor Dylan Jones said.

When asked if, in the last year, they had ever felt that life was not worth living, a third of 25 to 44 year-olds said ‘yes’. In the LGBT+ community, the figures were starker still – almost half (45 percent).

Suicidal thoughts common Around a quarter of 25-44s had thought about taking their own life in the last year. This rises to over a third for LGBT+ people. Among 25-34-year olds, six percent had attempted suicide in the last year. The figure is one in 20 for the LGBT+ community. GQ editor Dylan Jones says talking to a therapist has improved his mental health Social media harmful The impact of social media has been overwhelmingly negative – just 3% said it had impacted their personal well-being “extremely positively.” Every single age group saw social media more negatively than positively. Men are becoming a little more comfortable talking about their feelings. Men are talking to therapists Around a quarter of everyone aged between 16 to 44 have used or would consider using, a therapist to talk about their emotions. The figure rises to a third for 45-54s. Jones said: “Although more men are seeking therapy, it’s terribly sad that men are still not as inclined to talk to each other about their feelings as women are. The survey gives an insight into who suicide is the biggest killer of men under 30.” The editor added: “The #MeToo movement offered a genuine opportunity for men to explore their mental health and whilst some have, it’s worrying that the response has not been as wholehearted as you would have wished.”

The full survey, which covers attitudes to sexual behavior and employment, in partnership with Gillette, will be published in the December GQ issue, on Thursday. The edition includes an investigation into the suicide rate for men under 30 and an interview by Alastair Campbell, who has spoken about his battles with depression, with Olly Alexander, the Years & Years singer and LGBT+ campaigner.

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