Who brought me my casserole? The role of compassion in preventing suicide in men.

Over the past year, the news has been filled with stories of well-known celebrities, sports stars who have taken their own lives. But they only represent a small number of men who each year suicide in NZ. Men in all age groups and most ethnicities are the largest group that kill themselves. These men are our sons, grandsons, fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, friends and workmates. US science writer Paul Brodeur stated that “statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off”. Having worked in suicide prevention for over thirty years with an interest in men and suicide I have experienced way too many tears. Men’s tears of anguish and despair as they have agonised about whether they

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