Man shaming and victim blaming: The A-Z of male suicide in the UK (Karen Woodall)

I think this piece by Karen Woodall (psychologist at the Family Separation Clinic) is excellent. She works with the parent and child victims of parental alienation.

Karen Woodall

I caught the end of the Panorama Programme on male suicide in the UK last night.  Whilst I know something about the statistics around male suicide and understand some of those things which stack up against men, causing loss of hope and a spiral into despair, even I was shocked that 100 men are killing themselves every week in the UK.

100 men every week.  It is the leading cause of death for men under the age of 50. It is happening in our country right now and yet, apart from the exhortation to ‘talk about it’, we have, as yet, no national strategy, no national awareness of what is happening and no real idea of what to do about it other than telling men they need to talk about it.

So it’s all their fault then and if only men would be more like women and talk about it…

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2 responses to “Man shaming and victim blaming: The A-Z of male suicide in the UK (Karen Woodall)

  1. I suppose the trouble lies with that old idea that a man has to take problems on the chin and cope as best he can; but that doesn’t take account of the fact that a blow on the chin can knock a fellow off balance.

    The question then is, exactly how is a man to recover his balance unless someone, or something, gives him a hand and helps him get back on his feet.

    Too often, that official help is coloured with covert censure or overt superiority by the very people supposed to help. A little power in the hands of petty officialdom can be disastrous.

    • I had supposed that the trouble lay with certain modern ideas, rather than any old idea. I would predict that outlawing parentectomy and purging the social services of misandrists and those who promote alternative family structures for ideological reasons, to the detriment of children, such as infest Cornwall social services, would dramatically reduce the suicide rate.

      Would-be alienating parents are fathers roughly as often as they are mothers, according to Karen. She is well-placed to know, at the Family Separation Clinic.

      However, alienating parents who get away with this child abuse, because Cafcass, social services and the family courts “support” them, when they ought to be empowering the alienated parent to remain in his or her children’s lives, are far more likely to be mothers than fathers. That is almost certainly because of modern misandry.

      This misandry is not a phenomenon that has never been seen before in history. However, it has been on the rise during my life time, and has become very shrill.

      The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to foster good relations between men and women, in everything they do. Do Cafcass, social services and the family courts do this? No, they do not!

      When family separation occurs, and there is one empowered, hostile, angry and controlling parent who desired the separation of the parents, who happens to be mum, and one peaceable but disempowered parent, who happens to be dad, dad gets no help at all in procuring detente. Mum gets help excluding dad from the children’s lives, to the great harm of the children!

      This is so wrong that I am standing for Parliament, to draw attention to this cruelty to children, of which some of the 100 or so suicides a week of men, many of them fathers who never see their children, are a side-effect.

      You will soon see the misandry on your own blog, now that you have reblogged one of Sabine’s posts. In the Hampstead Witch Hunt case, there are people who still cannot bring themselves to believe that dad might be innocent of witchcraft, murder and child sex abuse (as Mrs Justice Pauffrey found); that mum was the children’s “torturer” (as Mrs Justice Pauffrey also found).

      I think that that bias against Ricky and in favour of Ella, in the face of all the evidence, after an eleven day fact-finding hearing and a published judgment, is largely due to misandry. There is a ridiculous and downright evil assumption behind the rage expressed in that community – not just online, but on and around the premises of Christchurch Primary School Hampstead, and the adjacent church (every Sunday morning). That assumption is that when “he says, she says”, he must be lying, because he is male, and she must be truthful, because she is female. That is the ugly face of misandry. Show me somebody clamouring for Ricky’s blood, and for the children that even social services eventually realised needed to be removed from Ella to protect them from her, to be returned to Ella, never to see dad Ricky again, and I will show you a misandrist.

      If the false accusations that Ella tortured into her children into making against their dad, which they retracted soon enough when they felt safe, had not been so easy to discredit, P and Q would have been left in that dire situation. They would not be seeing their dad twice a week.

      Let every child have both parents. Both parents. Every child. Wherever possible.

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