LONDON While Andy Murray is known for his steely determination on the tennis court, he’s also no stranger to showing his emotions.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the tennis champion took a break from his usual job to guest edit the Huffington Post for the day in a bid to raise awareness about male suicide and the pressure men feel to hide their emotions.
“You may have noticed I work in a pretty emotional job. Whether Im winning or losing theres a huge amount going on under the surface. The pressure is always there and quite honestly, at times its hard to hide,” wrote Murray in a blog post explaining why he’s guest editing for the day.
“In my younger years I sometimes struggled to manage what was going on in my head. Moments of anger or frustration would spill out and it rarely helped me win,” Murray continued.
Murray said that when he cried on centre court at Wimbledon after he lost to Roger Federer, people saw him in a different light and not in a bad way.
“People didnt laugh or think less of me, it was the opposite. It felt like they respected me more. They respected me for letting off the pressure cooker of emotion and for letting the mask slip,” Murray continued.
Murray said that many men do not feel they can “let the mask slip” and that many men express their stresses “in self-destructive and sometimes life-ending ways”.
In the UK, men aged between 20 and 49 are more likely to die by suicide than any other cause of death something Murray feels is “a glaring problem for men”.
According to male suicide charity CALM, the male suicide rate is more than three times higher than that of women in the UK.
Murray’s guest editing stint is also in aid of the launch of “Building Modern Men”, a month-long focus around men to highlight “the pressures they face around identity” and to raise awareness of male suicide.
“I think there are some key issues we desperately need to kickstart a conversation around so we can all work to reduce this horrible statistic. Its a chance to raise awareness of subjects which men dont naturally talk about,” Murray continued.
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