A Scottish mental health charity has spoken out about the importance of male mental health following the tragic death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison.
Today in Britain, suicide is the biggest killer of men aged under 35 in Britain. It takes more lives than car accidents, HIV/Aids and murder combined. Men remain around three times more likely to take their own lives than women in the UK, the highest ratio between the sexes in more than 30 years.
The worrying statistics come as the family of Scottish indie star Scott Hutchison shared a heartfelt tribute following the 36-year-old’s death.
In a statement released three days after Scott’s disappearance from a south Queensferry hotel. His body was found nearby at Port Edgar Marina on Thursday night.
In the statement, the family addressed “recent concerns over his mental health” and spoke of how the singer “wore his heart on his sleeve”.
The statement added: “That was evident in the lyrics of his music and the content of many of his social media posts.
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“Depression is a horrendous illness that does not give you any alert or indication as to when it will take hold of you”, it added.
“Scott battled bravely with his own issues for many years and we are immensely proud of him for being so open with his struggles.
“His willingness to discuss these matters in the public domain undoubtedly raised awareness of mental health issues and gave others confidence and belief to discuss their own issues.”
Now, leading mental health charity See Me Scotland has spoken out about the importance of men being open about the topic of mental health.
See Me director, Calum Irving, said: “We would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Scott’s family.
“Scott spoke openly about his depression and we have no doubt that helped so many people across Scotland, and the rest of the world in understanding their own feelings.
He added: “It is so important that we are all comfortable in speaking about mental health, especially men, who can sometimes find it more difficult to tell people they are struggling.
“It is okay to say that you’re not feeling okay. If you’re struggling right now, speak to someone, and if you don’t find the right person straight away, ask again, it is hard, but you aren’t alone and you deserve help.”
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