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Male Suicides In Our Building Trade?

Greg Ford

It’s no secret, of course, that a great deal of our customers are building trade related males. Neither is it any secret that there is a huge problem with male suicides from this particular sector, in fact it’s been all over the media of late, particularly as it has now become a much greater cause of death than that caused by workplace accidents. It is also something that has touched many of us here at TradeTools, particularly as we have personally known of long standing customers that are no longer with us due to this terrible affliction……..death by loneliness as it has sometimes been very sadly called.

And maybe we should now really be asking ourselves why this tragic cause of death is more common amongst those that all here at TradeTools, & companies similar to us, constantly interact with on a day by day basis?
I will therefore attempt to try & offer up a few answers, some of which could be considered a little controversial; but hey the ‘experts’ haven’t exactly been overly forthcoming in solving the mystery of these ever increasing rates of suicide amongst our many building industry mates either!

For a start, trying to be ‘politically correct’ about any of this would be rightly seen as somewhat weak & insincere. The absolute dishonesty & lack of plain speaking surrounding so many important issues these days has resulted in far too many people feeling unable to express their genuine opinions for fear of upsetting some small minority or vocal pressure group. For instance, it’s almost as though being ‘male’ these days, particularly being a white male, carries with it some sort of historical stigma. We are also often reminded that ‘males’ are the aggressors, start wars, cause most of the trouble; I’m sure many of you guys have heard it all before many times over. But let’s never forget that males also stamp out aggression, end wars & halt trouble as well, in fact only a very small percentage of us are responsible for all of the trouble that gets levelled against, a very small percentage of us indeed in fact. And the very people that try & make too many males feel bad about actually being 'male' conveniently, & all too often, overlook all of the many great things that we males have invented, uncovered, created & discovered throughout the long march of history. We also all have a right to be proud of our ancient heritage, we all have incredibly old lineages; mine for instance is a mix of English, Welsh, Irish & Indian, with a fair slice of Neanderthal thrown in for good measure! But, if you were to compress the total history of humanity into just one single 24 hour day, it really is only around 45 minutes ago since our ancestors were part of some small tribe or other, nomadic hunter gatherers, living day by day, no written language, stone & bronze tools, our total world view simply that which we could touch, see or hear. And they would have absolutely no concept at all of the incredible complexity that most of us are forced to live with as a part of being alive today. Quite simply, living in that ancient tribal past is the world that we have evolved to live in, both physically & mentally, in fact the world that we have now created was never the world that any of us we were ever designed for by the obvious process of natural selection.