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Low Self-Esteem

Our self-esteem is how we view ourselves and our worth as individuals. For some people, this is very low and it can be difficult to lift.

Self-esteem determines whether we like ourselves as people, our self-worth, recognise our strengths and positive traits, feel able to do things, believe we deserve happiness and that we matter and much more.

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Why do some people have low self-esteem?

Needless to say there is no straightforward answer to this question. People have varying degrees of low self-worth for different reasons. Common factors include bullying or abuse, unemployment, work-related issues or problems studying, being on the receiving end of prejudice or discrimination, health problems (physical or mental), relationship troubles, worrying about your appearance or image and lots of other things.

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Is it a mental health issue?

Low self-esteem is not, in itself, a mental health issue. However, it often goes hand in ha…

Male suicide

One of the most talked about topics of our time is male suicide. It is no mystery as to why this is the case. All suicide is, of course, a vital issue that needs to be tackled head-on. However, there is a major disparity between the genders when it comes to deaths from suicide. Men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives. In the UK, the suicide rate amongst men is 15.5 deaths per 100,00. The suicide rate amongst women is 4.9 per 100,000. This is not just the case here in the UK either, the male to female suicide ratio is similar in the USA and Australia. In some countries the divide is even higher; in Russia and Argentina men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women. Globally, nearly 40% of countries have a suicide rate of more than 15 per 100,00 men, compared to just 1.5% with similar rates for women.

Throughout this post, I am going to explore why this is the case and what we can do about it.

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Why do more men com…