The Stop Male Suicide project was founded by Glen Poole in 2016. Glen is a men’s health and wellbeing champion from the UK who relocated to Australia in 2015 and has worked for the Australian Men’s Health Forum since 2017.
He is author of the book You Can Stop Male Suicide and wrote a White Paper on The Need For Male-Friendly Approaches to Suicide Prevention. Glen’s work in the field of male suicide prevention forms the basis of the Stop Male Suicide project’s male suicide prevention training programs.
Glen has longstanding interest in male suicide prevention and as UK co-ordinator for International Men’s Day since 2010, he has long advocated for male suicide to be addressed as a national priority.
As founder and chair of the National Conference for Men and Boys (2010-2013), Glen championed the work of various suicide prevention initiatives and in particular the charity CALM UK (The Campaign Against Living Miserably).
In 2013 and 2015, Glen worked with CALM to facilitate the annual summit of the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Network in the North West of England
Glen also worked with CALM on its innovative Year Of The Male project in 2014, which aimed to ‘turn male suicide into a national conversation’. Through this project he met Martin Seager, a Consultant Psychiatrist with the suicide prevention charity, Samaritans, who invited Glen to deliver keynote speeches at the National Male Psychology Conferences in London in 2014, 2015 and 2018.
Glen is well known in the Australian men’s health sector, having presented at the National Men’s Health Gathering in Brisbane (2013), Central Coast (2015) and Parramatta (2018).
In November 2015, with the support of a broad alliance of charities and the British Psychology Society, the drive to ‘turn male suicide into a national conversation’ in the UK saw International Men’s Day (co-ordinated by Glen), being used as a platform to host the UK’s first parliamentary debate on male suicide and men’s issues.
In 2016, the founder of International Men’s Day (IMD), Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, from The University of the West Indies, accepted Glen’s proposal to make the global theme for IMD in 2016 “Talk About Male Suicide”
This recognised the fact that IMD 2016 was held on Saturday 19th November, which coincided with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
As an Australian resident, Glen continues his advocacy for men’s health and wellbeing and supports existing work to reduce the high male suicide rate in Australia through the Stop Male Suicide project.
In 2016 and 2017 he was invited to speak at the National Suicide Prevention Conferences in Canberra and Brisbane. In November 2017, the Stop Male Suicide project hosted a National Male Suicide Prevention Conference under the banner: Working Together To Prevent Male Suicide.
Since 2017, he has been a board of the suicide prevention charity Parents Beyond Breakup which works to keep separated parents alive and in their kids’ lives.
In 2018 the Stop Male Suicide project worked on male suicide prevention initiatives with Primary Health Networks in Melbourne and Tasmania and delivered in-house training to employers at Shell’s QGC facility in Queensland.
If you’d like to support Glen’s work to Stop Male Suicide in Australia please contact StopMaleSuicide@gmail.com.