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HELEN BIRCH - Finding My Way Back From My Partners Suicide.
20th November 2021 • Guild of Dads: Vision+Action=Meaning • Joe Horton
00:00:00 01:12:45

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Today I speak to a mum who was bereaved by their partners suicide and now campaigns for those suffering trauma following birth, is a specialist suicide intervention and prevention trainer along with being Co-Founder of The Paternal Mental Health Alliance – Helen Birch.

With Suicide being the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 and men being three times more likely than women to take their own lives it's a big deal for all men. The highest risk age groups in the 45-49 year old age group usually consists of dads and the impact on those left behind to pick up the pieces is immense.

In my conversation with Helen we discuss:

  • The circumstances that let to her partner completing suicide.
  • How she wasn't aware of the warning signs when she looks back
  • The coping mechanisms that men rely upon in times of crisis that can worsen their mental health rather than improve it
  • How we can prepare boys and young men to develop better more healthy coping mechanisms from an early age.
  • The changes that need to happen on a societal and governmental level to effect real and lasting change for men going through mental health problems

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