Woke up to heartbreaking news this morning. After disappearing earlier in the week, Scott Hutchison from the band Frightened Rabbit was found, apparently having taken his own life.
Scott Hutchison was a beautiful musician and songwriter, who very openly dealt with severe depression and anxiety. His music has helped countless people (myself included) going through dark times in their lives.
In the UK, 75% of all suicides are committed by men, and suicide is estimated to be the single biggest cause of death for males below the age of 45. These are devastating numbers, especially considering how much of a taboo mental health still is — especially when we live in a society that teaches such rigid notions of masculinity and manhood.
Mental illness is never your own fault. Having a mental illness is just as valid as having any other kind of illness. Vulnerability does not equal weakness, and does not make you any less of a man.
Looking forward, I sincerely hope that our views on gender will evolve to a place, where we teach our boys that it is okay to express themselves, to share their emotions, to show vulnerability.
Hug your loved ones, don’t be afraid to reach out to people, and always be kind.