Eluned Morgan AM will visit Bangor this evening to promote the #IPledge2Talk Campaign – about male suicide
Each year, more than 300 people die by suicide in Wales. In 2017, 278 of the 360 lives lost were male.
It’s a shocking statistic which has prompted Eluned Morgan to champion a new approach to encouraging men, especially in rural Wales to seek support.
Working with mental health charities across Wales, Eluned is focussing on building community resilience to end the stigma of poor mental health.
Data shows that men are less likely than women to seek help or to express depressive or suicidal thoughts. The causes of suicide are always desperately complex. According to Eluned Morgan, this undeniable trend in male suicide must be confronted, beginning with a move to challenge views surrounding mental health, so that it becomes a topic we can all talk about.
The #IPledge2Talk social media campaign is designed to do just that, by encouraging people to reach out and to open up about their feelings.
Championed by Assembly Member, Eluned Morgan and legendary Welsh footballer, Neville Southall, the movement endeavours to foster an openness in seeking support and to give people more confidence to intervene if they are concerned about someone being at risk. At the heart of this drive is a pledge card, a resource developed by Mind, whose initiative came about in response to growing concerns over suicide rates.
Speaking on this important issue, Eluned Morgan AM said: “Every suicide is a tragedy. It is important to remember that there are many suicide attempts for each death. As we heard during the launch, the impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching. But we can and must do more to prevent those deaths.
Eluned will be outside the Pontio building at 6.30pm and in the Pontio café from 7pm
For more information about #IPledge2Talk visit the website here: