"Boys don't cry" - Suman Gupta, Tim Grayburn and Jonny Benjamin MBE discuss mental health
Monday 18th September 18:30 at London - Tottenham Court Road
Join us for an open and unselfconscious evening discussing the social significance, stigma and cultural implications of suicide.
To celebrate the releases of both Suman Gupta’s Usurping Suicide and Tim Grayburn’s Boys Don’t Cry, both authors will be joined by award-winning mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin MBE (Channel 4’s The Stranger on the Bridge) to discuss this issue – the single biggest killer or men aged 20-45 in the UK – from three very different perspectives.
Jonny Benjamin MBE has spoken frankly about his own mental health struggles, which culminated in him standing on Waterloo Bridge contemplating suicide. There he encountered Neil Laybourn (who he’d nickname ‘Mike’ in a social media campaign to track him down), who promised him “It will get better”. Jonny’s YouTube films about his schizoaffective disorder have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people. In 2017 Neil and Jonny ran the London Marathon together, in support of the Heads Together campaign.
Tim Grayburn kept his depression secret for nearly a decade – his book Boys Don’t Cry: Why I hid my depression and why men need to talk about their mental health will makes sense of depression and anxiety for people who might not recognise those feelings in themselves or others. It is a brutally honest, wickedly warming and heart-breaking tale about what it really takes to be a 'real man'.
In Usurping Suicide: The Political Resonances of Individual Deaths Suman Gupta et al. ask Can an individual act of suicide be socially significant, or does it present too many imponderable features? The book is a unique look at the political and cultural implications of suicides committed in places where, due to social or economic pressures, the act has been deemed by certain groups to be of paramount public interest.
We’re honoured to have these three men come together at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road. Tickets are redeemable against the price of the book, and we will host a signing afterwards.
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