On average a man commits suicide every minute and three out of every four suicides are men.
When I first heard this, I remember Googling the statistics because they didn’t sound right. I didn’t believe that so many people could be struggling with an aspect of their life great enough to consider taking their own life.
Speaking about your problems is hard. It’s damn hard. I once kept issues bottled up inside me because I didn’t want to look weak in front of my wife or colleagues.
For me it changed when I opened up to my wife about how crap one of my bosses was making me feel. He would continuously talk down to me, degraded me in front of the client and made me feel completely worthless.
I was keeping this to myself for months and I wasn’t the same person on the inside or the outside. Despite not having another job lined up, I decided to quit that well paying job, not knowing what would happen next in life.
The moment I hit send on the resignation email, a weight lifted off my shoulders and I felt like a new person. Ironically, that boss ended up being fired and I continued working for the company as a contractor earning more money than I did when I was full time.
What I learnt from that experience is that no problem is too small to talk about. Bottling issues up inside you never resolves your issues. More often than not, speaking to somebody will give you a new perspective that will help you move on.
So how does all this relate to my role as an ambassador?
One of the things I love about my job as an automotive journalist is being able to share my passion for cars with other people.
I get immense joy every time I get to speak to somebody about cars or when I get to show them the latest set of wheels to hit our shores.
Cars offer a way to share an experience, but more importantly offer a way to start a conversation.
By starting a conversation we open the door to resolving a problem and prevent contributing to that ugly statistic.