Our 2010-2015 campaign to get men talking about their feelings.
Our aim was to get men to know that making a call to our confidential 24/7 helpline is an option.
And that, equally, talking to anyone – a friend, a colleague, health professionals or family – is better than keeping things bottled up.
Men on the Ropes ran from 2010-2015 in partnership with Network Rail. We also trained 12,000 railway staff in suicide prevention, which resulted in a 34% rise in staff interventions.
In 2015, the Annual Safety Performance Review report showed a 12% drop in railway suicides.
The campaign and has now relaunched as We Listen, also in partnership with Network Rail.
My depression started because I didn’t like who I was and I was too ashamed to talk to anyone. I let these feelings build up and up, and before I knew it I couldn’t see a reason to live anymore.
Like lots of men, I’ve faced and fought problems in my life. If I were to let these issues build up and up, there would only be a few possible outcomes – and none of them good, so I turned to boxing to punch stress out of my system. I realise now that talking about my worries can be as strong a defence as boxing.
David White, a London IT contractor, amateur boxer
Network Rail funded the development of Men on the Ropes and provided advertising space in stations across Great Britain.
Men on the Ropes formed part of a five-year partnership between Network Rail and Samaritans, launched in January 2010, to reduce suicides on the railways by 20 per cent.