ABOut the campaign

There appears to be an overall lack of public awareness regarding the high rates of suicide among men

For every death by suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt to end their lives

Suicide in men has been des­cribed as a “silent epidemic.”

Suicide is the single biggest cause of death among men under the age of 45

Female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade

females aged between 50 and 54 have the highest suicide rate

females are more likely to commit suicide by self-administered poisoning or by taking an overdose

The “never Be Afraid To ask!” campaign allows anyone who feels the need to talk, access to a network of people who will be there for them, to listen and be non-judgemental

A Twitter conversation between Dean Jones (@deanojjones) and Andy Round (@DownunderWolf) suddenly became the inspiration for the “Never Be Afraid To Ask!” campaign.

The two friends had been commenting on how they had been very grateful to the support they had given each other over the past few months. Dean made the observation that he has also sent Tweets or Direct messages (DM’) to a few other fellow Twitterers who had signalled they were in need of some emotional support.

We all know men aren’t very good at expressing their feelings and reaching out for help. As Andy rightly said “There’s a lot of people in need of help, but the stigma attached to asking for it is a load of crap. Man up and all that? No, the manly thing is to cry and ask for help!”

This struck a chord with the 2 friends and they were suddenly thinking of ways that fellow users of Twitter could reach out to others.

Given the use of emoji’s in Twitterland, it wasn’t too difficult to find two symbols that people could use to show they needed someone to talk to, or that they were there for others so they could be contacted.

And that, as they say, was that “Never Be Afraid to Ask!” was up and running.

If you are, or you know someone who needs to talk, please send them the link to this website and encourage them to add the “I need to talk” emoji to their Twitter name or include it somewhere in their bio.

Let’s make sure no one ever feels alone and has no one to talk to.