He fell in love with a man while studying in London and after coming out to his family and friends, Daryl Brown was overwhelmed by feelings of depression as a result of not being accepted.

Brown jumped in front of a train and survived, but had to have both legs amputated.

Brown is one of over 230 serious suicide attempts in South Africa per month.

On average, 18 men take their lives each day – this translates into 540 South African men per month and 6480 annually.

Globally, the rate of suicide is also alarmingly high, particularly among men. Over 500000 men die from suicide worldwide each year.

To mark World Suicide Prevention Day a display of over 200 pairs of men’s shoes were laid out on the Sea Point Promenade, a shocking visual representation of the problem.

Brown attended the awareness campaign holding a pair of shoes from the late Dylan Warren Jones, who took his life two months ago.

“We need to de-stigmatise the ideology that men don’t suffer from depression, there is nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.

Brown moved back to South Africa after his 2013 failed suicide attempt. He is still on depression medication.

“Men in this country are under a lot of pressure, but we need to talk about it. It is very important to educate teenagers and lower income families,” Brown pleaded.

According to research by the Movember Foundation, a large number of men feel friendless.

Garron Gsell, chief executive and founder of the Men’s Foundation, which drives Movember in South Africa, said: “Many men feel admitting they are struggling is a sign of weakness, many mental health problems are not being dealt with. Depression affects physical as well as mental wellbeing.

“Men don’t often strike up new friendships.

“Women have no problem with meeting friends and starting up a conversation, but for men, it is not so easy to open up and talk,” he said.

Funds raised from the Movember campaign will go towards awareness, education and programmes.

Source – SAFRICA24 (http://www.safrica24.com/lifestyle/mens-depression-and-suicide-under-spotlight/22274-news)