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Not waving but drowning: preventing male suicide

Male Health Research and Policy Workshop

This workshop was hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies and the University of Otago Wellington and was held on June 1, 2010.

In recent years some health researchers have suggested that more attention needs to be given to developing strategies for improving men’s health. This workshop therefore aimed to define where the problems lie, explore information gaps, highlight a set of policies and programs currently making a difference, and identify some possible broad research and policy agendas.

By clicking on the link above, you will see a large number of papers looking at male health.

Dr. Sunny Collins presented a paper summarising issues around male suicide decisions:
Not waving but drowning: preventing male suicide

Not Waving but Drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

Stevie Smith (1902 – 1971 / Kingston upon Hull / England)

Remember that Dr. Annette Beautrais Suicide Prevention Conference is on Friday 28th September. The location has been moved to THE ELLERSLIE EVENTS CENTRE 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera, Auckland 1050
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For all of the talk, the saving is done by helping people near to you.