LONDON While Andy Murray is known for his steely determination on the tennis tribunal, he’s likewise no stranger to showing his feelings.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the tennis champion took a breaking from his usual undertaking to guest edit the Huffington Post for the working day in a bid to raise awareness about male suicide and the pressure humankinds feel to hide their emotions.
“You may have noticed I work in a pretty emotional undertaking. 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 please explain why he’s guest editing for the day.
“In my younger times I sometimes struggled to manage “whats going on” in my psyche. Minutes of rage or frustration would spill out and it rarely helped me win, ” Murray continued.
Murray said that when he exclaimed on centre tribunal at Wimbledon after he lost to Roger Federer, people realized him in a different daylight and not in a bad way.
“People didnt laugh or reckon lower levels of me, it was the opposite. It felt like they respected me more. They respected me for letting off the pressure cooker of feeling and for letting the mask slip, ” Murray continued.
Murray said that many humankinds do not feel they can “let the mask slip” and that many humankinds express their tensions “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 humankinds to highlight “the pressures they face around identity” and to raise awareness of male suicide.
“I think there are some key issues we urgently need to kickstart a dialogue around so we can all work to reduce this terrible statistic. Its a chance to raise awareness of subjects which humankinds dont naturally talking here, ” Murray continued.
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