In a culture that mandates isolation, and suppression of emotions, asking for help is an act of revolution. Suicide is reaching epidemic levels in the United States–as in many parts of the world, especially the Global North. While CDC reports highlight that girls and women often attempt suicide at higher rates, boys and men are more likely to succeed. In a powerful PSA from Australia, men read their suicide notes, years after having written them. Suicide notes are an attempt at dialogue, potentially a cry for help that may come too late. This campaign from the Movember Foundation implores men to talk early and often, to connect with their feelings rather than ignore them, and to ask for help. Toxic masculinity teaches boys that feeling pain or sadness is an act of weakness. At The Bridges We Burn, we believe that being honest with how we feel, and building connections with other people, asking for help or support is an act of power and strength.
– Brett Goldberg
Read the article and watch the PSA via Upworthy.