Suicide is the largest cause of death for men under the age of 45, with many men struggling to talk about their personal issues. This is largely due to the common belief that men are not supposed to open up about their problems, as it threatens their masculinity. This adds to the already huge stigma regarding men’s health, making it increasingly difficult for them to talk to others about their personal struggles.
However, a new photography exhibition hopes to encourage an open conversion about mental health by holding an exhibition that explores what it means to be a man in today’s world. Held by Getty Images and The Calm Photography Movement (TCPM), the exhibition aims to depict men’s mental health in a different way.
Speaking about the exhibition, the SVP EMEA at Getty Images and founder of the partnership with The Calm Photography Movement said: “There’s still massive stigma around mental illness, and all too often images representing mental health conditions play into narrow and outdated stereotypes.
“In most societies, men feel forced into unrealistic and unachievable roles. This can create isolation, loneliness and despair, and so when things go wrong – which in life they invariably do — men can feel they have no-one to turn to and no right to seek help from any quarter.
“I wholeheartedly support any initiative that helps raise awareness of male suicide and opens up the conversation, thus reducing this awful and unnecessary waste of precious life and its horrific toll on the wider victims, their friends and families.”
The exhibition is raising money for the male suicide prevention charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and aims to encourage more men to talk about their mental health experiences.