It's estimated that suicide kills 33 people in every 100,000 in Salford and Manchester; and that 75% of those are men. It's a huge issue and Salford City Council has even launched a 'suicide strategy' recently.
"Male suicide is occurring behind closed doors and absent from conversation due to male gender stereotypes" state the organisers of It's A Laugh, a fundraising night of comedy and music hosted by Salford University MSc students studying International Events Management.
The night is to raise money for CALM, or the Campaign Against Living Miserably, which originally launched in Manchester in 1997, and aims to reduce the stigma surrounding male mental health. Through large scale campaigns, CALM is bringing this issue to the forefront of people's minds, to enable men to open up about their feelings and ultimately, prevent male suicide.
It's A Laugh is described as 'A light-hearted approach to a serious issue', and is hosted by Amy Gledhill with music by Jon and Mike, plus six top comedians - Ash Preston, Kat Molinari, Josh Macauley, Kath Marvelley, Nigel X and Luke Graves. The comics have all posted their worst joke on the event Facebook page.
Our fave is this by Luke Graves: Two snowmen in a field, one turns to the other and says 'Can you smell carrots?'...
"It was the students' idea to do something for the local community and they highlighted a very difficult and taboo subject" says Dr Gerard Ryan, Programme Leader at Salford University "The students wanted to raise awareness of this issue and have decided to face the problem head on.
"Their event will raise awareness of these issues and help break down a taboo that prevents men from talking about these difficulties" he adds "There's nothing like a good social evening of music and comedy to get people talking and at the same time, bring a smile to people's faces."
It's a Laugh
Tuesday 12th December 7pm
The Old Pint Pot M3 6EN
Tickets £5 from Eventbright – click here
There's also a raffle on the night at £2 a ticket with prizes including a photo shoot with Mark Andrews Photography, Lucardo escape room gift voucher for six people and two free tickets for the next event at Trapdoor Comedy Club.
For more information about CALM see www.thecalmzone.net/