I want to focus o two things: firstly my own personal experience of poor mental health, and secondly I want to reflect upon our role as “resurrection people” in amongst the challenges that mental illnesses bring into the lives of people. A few years ago I performed the funeral of a man in his 50s […]
You may be aware that it was recently ‘International men’s day’, and this year the focus was on raising awareness of the high levels of suicide amongst men – CVM fully supported this initiative and wrote a few articles and and even conducted a radio interview or two! I was sitting in bed the other […]
So you might have seen that as well as this being ‘Movember,’ Saturday is International Men’s Day, a day that has been set up to recognise and explore the concerns and challenges that men face. This year the specific focus is; Stop Male Suicide. I am sure there will be some who think that International […]
Love is one of the strongest desires of the human heart and yet we live at time when deep loneliness abounds. But what clues do our deepest longings offer us about ultimate reality?
It has taken me a while to wake up after the shock of the news of loosing another brilliant star to suicide. I grew up with Nirvana playing loudly on my Sony Walkman and Kurt Cobain’s death has been a 20 year enigma to me about brilliance and popularity’s relationship with despair and suicide. It […]
The subject of suicide amongst men hit the press again last week following the release of a report commissioned by The Samaritans titled: Men and Suicide: Why it’s a social issue It says: “Men in their 30s, 40s and 50s are at the highest risk of suicide as job markets change and families breakdown, leaving […]
Some years ago I got to know a bloke we will call Dave. Dave was in the eyes of the world a loser and a total scumbag. As soon as he got up in the morning he would start to down litre-sized bottles of strong, cheap cider. Usually before midday he was hitting his girlfriend. […]