Fade Out is a visual investigation of the sensitive and still inadequately represented issue of suicide among young men. Having suffered from depression myself since 2015 I have considered how best to raise awareness and to represent the specific concerns of sufferers photographically. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had not only a creative outlet, which has helped me to address and untangle the triggers and complexities of my illness, but also to have had a network of relatives, friends and colleagues who have supported and understood me.
I would like to dedicate Fade Out to the men we have lost and hope that by making the issue more visible and accessible many more young men might find outlets and support networks.
Male suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK with rates three times higher than women. Sadly, this is a statistic that only 20% of the UK is aware of. This project’s primary objective is to raise awareness which will ultimately save lives.