Movember is almost upon us, and moustaches of varying qualities will soon be sprouting across the world.
An interesting supplement by the Movember Foundation in yesterday’s Sunday Times. However, it starts with an article by Oliver James, a psychologist and bestselling author, basically saying men need to become more like women, and talk more about their feelings, fears etc. This would undoubtedly increase demand for psychologists, therapists etc., so the notion is self-serving. Males soon learn in life that it isn’t a good idea to emote in the same way as females. So they develop stoicism, a wonderful male quality which saves countless lives. If a man is (say) denied access to his children by the state, what will be gained from talking about the problem, other than more pain? Talking about such issues may help some men, but for others it won’t.
The Movember Foundation is an Australian organization, its 2017 annual report is here. Its global annual receipts were $AUD79.8m (£47.3m). of which $AUD11.7 (£6.9m) came from the UK.
There’s a ten-page-long section in the annual report (pp.26-35), ‘Mental Health & Suicide Prevention’. Much of it is taken up with photographs and other graphics, but in the whole of the 10 pages there’s not so much as one sentence pointing out that men are killing themselves due to reactive depression brought on by life events such as denial of access to children following family breakdowns, a phenomenon for which the injustice system, and therefore the state, is responsible.
In March the Health Committee of the House of Commons published a scandalously poor report on suicide prevention. Our blog piece on the matter is here. We’d submitted a written report to the inquiry, outlining the state’s actions and inactions which lead to reactive depression in men, and therefore drive the relentlessly high male suicide rate. Predictably, we were denied the opportunity to give oral evidence to the committee.