The Boys Are Not Alright…
As news of another shocking suicide swamps social media, we need to talk about our boys. Our men. They are not alright.
Statistics of male suicide are rising every day and yet mental health awareness is on everyone’s minds.
Overall, as a species, we are getting better at talking, at sharing, at asking for help.
So why are our boys not making it through?
Mike Thalassitis was 26, handsome, famous – with the world at his feet. He earned a bad reputation on the reality show ‘Love Island’ and a derogatory nickname which stuck…
We won’t use that nickname here today. By all accounts, he was a lovely guy.
That’s how we will remember him. We will remember that he was a full time carer to his Grandma, who sadly passed away recently. We will remember that his heart was so big and so broken that he could not go on.
I think his passing will definitely remind us all, that what we see on the outside can bear no resemblance to the troubles within. We never, EVER know what a person is dealing with in the dark recesses of their minds, hearts and souls. Some humans are in a terrible amount of pain behind closed doors. They don’t often know why. They don’t often know how to begin to reach out.
They often feel that there is no choice for them. That they cannot continue another day in such turmoil.
No matter who they are, what they do, where they live, what they have – we must above all, be kind.
Refrain from judgement. Never ever join in the trolling attacks against anyone on social media. They are not ‘deserved’ because they went on TV. They are not asking for it. They are human beings.
I could reel off a list of famous names we have lost to suicide in the last 365 days. It is a sobering site.
We need to take stock and learn a lesson. The biggest smiles are often that big for a reason. They hide more.