In the UK, suicide is the main cause of death amongst those under the age of 45. In fact, when it comes to suicide rates, in many cases, the stats for men are higher than that of women. And still, we use phrases like ‘man up’.
With an industry mainly dominated by men, there tends to be a stereotype that men shouldn’t show their emotions. Instead, they should bury them deep and carry on with life. And, though more discussions are taking place about mental health, this is still happening.
In fact, it has been suggested that suicide statistics tend to be higher for men because they are less likely to reach out and ask for help. Unfortunately, this was the case for tradesman Samuel Carroll. He suffered in silence over the loss of his father. This, tragically, led to the young 20-year-old committing suicide, leaving behind his family and friends.
Samuel Carroll was found dead on the 5th May 2016 in an area of woodland at Skipton’s Whinny Gill Reservoir. After suffering from depression following the death of his father in 2014, Samuel took his own life leaving behind his heartbroken mother and siblings.
Unfortunately, Samuel did try and get help prior to this. In fact, he visited the doctors but was sent home after they deemed him as low risk. This has now left the family struggling with the loss of one of their own.
His sister Hayley described: “Samuel’s left a huge hole in our family, we thought something like this ‘wouldn’t happen to us’.”
‘He’s missed so much, he was a mummy’s boy and our baby because he was just that. The baby of the family.”
“His best mate was his twin brother, they were inseparable.”
But, as a family, they are not letting Samuel become another statistic. He will not be another number or another case. Instead, Hayley stated: “We campaign to raise awareness in his memory, for as long as his story is being told, he’s still living.”
Since his death, Samuel’s family have campaigned for more awareness in relation to mental health and depression. With a focus on mental health problems among young people, especially men who don’t feel comfortable sharing their problems, they want to highlight the devastation that can be caused.
As part of the campaign, they have organised a variety of fundraisers, petitions, movements and they even spent a night out on the streets to emphasise the issue that many find their depression worsens at night. Therefore, they wanted to showcase that there is always someone there to help, even if you don’t think there is.
If you’d like to keep up to date with the ‘Samuel’s Rainbow’ campaign, then head over to their Facebook group here.
So what do you lot think? Does more need to be done about mental health? Let us know what you think in the comments below.