Suicide research backed
DUNDEE-born f ootball star Charlie Adam has backed new research into what drives men to commit suicide, six years after his father took his own life.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), which is a partner of the Scottish Professional Football League, is l aunching a new PhD scholarship at Glasgow University that aims to discover what leads some men to kill themselves.
Working with the university’s Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, it is expected to deliver groundbreaking research focusing specifically on men to understand suicide risk.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in young and middle-aged men in most Western countries, including the UK.
Scotland and Stoke City midfielder Charlie, 32, lost his dad Charlie Snr to suicide in 2012.
He said: “It was a real blow to me losing my dad. It knocked me big time.
“It’s great this research will look to understand suicide risk in men. It’s a subject close to my heart.”