Rise Against Suicide campaign at Star pubs

This initiative will culminate in the UK’s first pub excursion on Sunday 4 December 2022 at 13 locations across the country. Supporters will embark on a 5,151-metre walk, each step representing a man who lost his life to suicide last year.

More than 5,000 men committed suicide in the UK and Ireland last year, accounting for 74% of all suicides. Despite this, the likelihood of men seeking mental health support is halved, with 14 men committing suicide every day.

It comes after the charity revealed that 85% of men do not usually discuss their feelings with their other male friends in pubs and bars, despite them being chosen as their preferred meeting places.

friendly spaces

River Hawkins, founder of HUMEN, said: “We all need friendly spaces to talk, listen and connect. Pubs are cornerstones of communities, but as our research tells us, they are currently being wasted on men – who seem to prefer talking about nothing other than their personal experiences and tribulations.

“We truly believe that this type of gathering space can play an important role in addressing suicide and mental health, if we only use it for good, rather than the traditional ‘drink and forget’ mentality that plagues male-dominated social circles.
This is what our partnership with Heineken aims to achieve in December. This is the second year of our Rise Against Suicide campaign and we plan to rise up every year for years to come. Speaking openly with friends, family and professionals are essential steps to overcoming hidden problems and barriers in our quest to reduce the number of suicides and thus the number of meters we walk next year.”


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