It’s ‘unlikely’ Mike Buchanan will be asked to give oral evidence to the Health Committee inquiry on suicide prevention. Please help us to change that.

Suicide has for many years been the leading cause of death of males between the ages of 15 and 49. The male:female suicide differential has more than doubled over the past 30 years, now standing at 3.5:1. It’s a topic we return to frequently, and covered in our 2015 general election manifesto (pp. 46-8).

The Health Committee of the House of Commons – it has a female chair, and most of the members are women – recently announced an inquiry on suicide prevention, and I submitted this. It explored 11 areas where the state’s actions and inactions are assaulting men’s and boys’ human rights – e.g. denying men access to their children after family breakdowns – and driving the relentlessly high male suicide rate.

There are a considerable number of individuals and organisations who’ve provided written submissions to the inquiry – link below – and focusing on mental health considerations. The committee will predictably favour these individuals and organizations over those (such as ourselves) which point out the state itself is the key driver of male suicide.

I’ve had to ask two or three times whether I’ll be invited to give oral evidence to the committee, and I’ve just received the following email:

Dear Mr Buchanan,

The written submissions are here. You may publish a link to the above page on your blog, and you can publish your own evidence on your blog.

The names of oral witnesses are published on our website each week, on the Thursday before they are due to give evidence. If you are to be invited to give oral evidence, my colleagues who are working on the inquiry will be in touch. Please note that we received a large amount of written evidence and it is unlikely that you will be invited to give oral evidence. [my emphasis]

Thank you for your interest in the Committee’s work.

Best regards,

<name redacted>
Senior Committee Assistant

I wouldn’t normally make such a request, but I think it’s important we have another shot at giving oral evidence. I’ve written a polite but firm email, and would ask you to do likewise. The committee’s email address is healthcom@parliament.uk. Thank you for your support of our efforts to have the truth told about male suicide for the first time in parliament.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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6 Responses to It’s ‘unlikely’ Mike Buchanan will be asked to give oral evidence to the Health Committee inquiry on suicide prevention. Please help us to change that.

  1. William Gruff says:

    I’ve sent an e-mail.

  2. antimisandry.com has expressed support and its desire for you to be heard.

  3. cheannaich says:

    Please find the reply to my e-mail.

    Thank you for your email regarding the suicide prevention inquiry.

    The Committee received a large number of written submissions to this inquiry and has a limited number of oral evidence sessions available. We cannot invite everyone who has submitted written evidence to appear before the Committee. Mr Buchanan’s written evidence has been accepted and published and will be considered by the Committee.

    The names of oral witnesses are published on our website each week, on the Thursday before they are due to give evidence.

    Kind regards,

    Second Clerk, Health Committee

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