The darkest times are always before the dawn, and hope is on the horizon.
In this impactful collection of twelve stories – twelve to echo the heart-breaking statistic that twelve men commit suicide every day – Lindsay Topham shares twelve men’s experiences as they battle mental health issues. From dealing with grief to self-harm to divorce to dealing with the pandemic, these stories emerge as honest and sometimes uncomfortable tales that shed light on issues often swept under the carpet. Each story details their darkest moments, through the type of interventions accessed and candid reports of their experiences, ultimately achieving a sense of hope and a turning point for the future. That is, except for one as the collection finishes with one final ode to those who society has failed, the ones that slipped into the shadows before anyone noticed.
Raw, heartbreaking and inspiring, an unapologetically honest display and resilience of the human spirit in the face of mental health. Twelve Men starts a conversation that needs to happen for men to feel that it’s safe finally to speak out – and not to lose themselves in silence.