Man Up: Part 2 – How do men battle against depression & suicidal thoughts? | BBC Sport

Updated: 21/03/2023

With one man attempting to take their own life every two minutes in the UK, suicide isn't as rare as we may think.

BBC Sport gathers together five young men for a series of honest conversations about what it's like to be a man in 2019, and the impact that can have on their mental health.

Journalist Ben Zand, sprinter James Ellington, footballers David Cox and Olu Maintain and reality TV star Josh Denzel talk about their own experiences and struggles in three films made for Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK.

Episode two sees them honestly and openly discuss their experiences and personal battles with depression and suicidal thoughts.

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  1. BBC Sport says:

    If you, or someone you know, have been affected by mental health issues, help and support is available:

  2. I cannot thank you enough for creating this kind of content that we all desperately need to hear and can sadly all relate to.
    Cheers to you guys, this means a lot.

  3. Eyeden says:


  4. Mary Lynch says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story s to the Men on this video
    Well done to you all
    You are what I call real Men

    I have a Son who is almost 30 years of age
    I keep telling him to always talk about his feelings

    Again thank you so much for sharing your story's on here

  5. Ahimsa42 says:

    "Suicide is another thing that’s so frowned upon in this society, but honestly, life isn’t for everybody. It really isn’t. It’s sad when kids kill themselves ’cause they didn’t really give it a chance, but life is like a movie: if you’ve sat through more than half of it and it sucked every second so far, it probably isn’t gonna get great right at the very end for you and make it all worthwhile. No one should blame you for walking out early. "– Doug Stanhope

  6. The worst part of my depression is that I know why I am depressed but I can't do anything to change it, it's horrible

  7. I don't think it is about suicide. Helen the Police Officer dropped subtext and reaction that alluded to 'That's a pity' something like that relative to sex. For whatever reason because I don't have any concept of your side of the situation. This is about me having Gay Sex. Point blank, of that I am pretty sure. Maybe you would have accepted suicide, but the mandate and the agenda was to my mind about sex. You've got strangers walking about. Come on. Helen my neighbour when I worked. They all allude to the agenda. That Big cunt that made me feel like the woman aproached in a nightclub with a predatory demeanour which was fucking horrible… It's pretty clear. My Dad.

  8. Don't let the enormity of the struggle frighten you. Don't let yourself be disheartened by obstacles and odds that are impossible and insurmountable.

    Don't let yourself be driven into despair by calamities and misfortunes that are unbearable and totally intolerable.

    Within you there is a force, an essence, that brings you victory over your pain, if you only turn towards yourself and towards the depths of power that hide buried within you

  9. People Don’t Want to Kill Themselves They Just Don’t Know How to Kill the Pain!!!!!!!!!

    Every Thunderstorm Runs Out of Rain!!!!!!

  10. "Get over it" is what I was told by a Doctor many years ago. Has it helped? No!. Do the family care? No! Do the friends, missus care? Never had any friends or been in a relationship. Going through life as a loner with social anxiety, depression, fearful of what other people think is some of the most excruciatingly painful stuff I have ever had to deal with and has led to isolation since my early teens now 28. I'm just rotting away in a bedroom, never leave the house, never claimed benefits. hate the way I look and feel and will never amount to anything. If only I was blessed with better genetics (appearance and medical wise), could socialise with people and wasn't afraid or fearful of all things people I could live a more confident better life.

    That's not to say I haven't tried in the past. I have travelled alone, I have worked in NMW factory jobs (couldn't get anything more fancy because of my nerves, lack of confidence during interviews and a IQ of say 50) I have tried going at things alone. I have tried CBT therapy and medication, both unhelpful. Nothing helps unfortunately.

  11. Well done lads bet that was hard to talk about I can relate!

  12. You really get alvaro Morata vibes from the title!

  13. Keep these coming , let’s get men’s mental health into people’s everyday conversations

  14. Breaking down of the family structure and a lot of me losing the sense of responsibility for the past 30 years has put men in this place that we are now .

  15. Heyy This is so educative
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