Radio presenter Roman Kemp is to front a documentary exploring mental health issues and suicide in young men. “There is a growing mental health crisis going on right now, and without the right support, the results can be tragic,” said Kemp. Roman Kemp: Our Silent Emergency (working title) will be broadcast on BBC Three.
It will explore what can be done to encourage people to seek help, and what preventative action can be taken.
The programme will also look at the lasting impact that mental health issues and suicide can have on the friends and families of those involved. Kemp added that he wanted to “bring attention to a subject that is affecting thousands of young men across the country, and show that there are ways to reach those who are suffering and need our help. ”BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell believes it is now the station’s “duty” to make such films to provide “solutions” and “help for people who are struggling”. “This will be a really difficult film for Roman to make and we owe him and everyone else involved a huge thank you for putting trust in us to tell their stories,” she said.
Man up. Two simple words that can, and have, caused untold damage. According to a Time to Change survey, 42% of men say that those words can act as a conversation blocker, and three-quarters of men feel they can’t talk openly about their mental health with a friend. If you stopped to think about it, it’s likely that within minutes you’d be able to list countless examples of damaging gendered stereotypes that you have encountered in the media. From the hyper-masculine womanizers on reality TV shows to useless dads in adverts, and the stoic home-provider in films and shows, these figures take their toll. The suicide rate among young men is at its highest in decades and, according to new research from suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), these toxic media stereotypes could be doing real damage. In the report, researchers found that one in seven men aged between 18 and 34 have thought about harming themselves in the past three months, and nearly two-thirds believe that male stereotypes in advertising do real psychological harm.