Tuesday 15-11-2016 - 14:38

I need men.

Yes, you read my words correctly. This is not an elaborate troll or instance of keenly-planned article assassination. These are my words, and I mean every single word of them.

My name is Harry Sampson and I’m your friendly neighbourhood President. Today I’ll be talking about something I’ve been interested in for a long time.

So yes, I should clarify. I do need men, and even more so in a video I want to make with them. Furthermore, it is entirely for the reason you expect:


We’re going to be asking men ‘when was the last time you cried?’, going into however much depth they wish. However, I need some men to break the stigma and come and talk about their feelings – in front of a camera.

This is a very simple concept, but extremely effective. The whole message we are trying to get across is that there does not need to be a stigma attached to being ‘sensitive’ and talking about real issues we face.

We all cry, even Jordan (your VP Activities), who was heard to sob longingly every time a John Lewis advertisement is on the telly. Sam, the other VP, smudges a longing tear of remembrance every time a leaf falls out of a tree.

Needless to say, autumn is a bad time for Sam.

But, beyond my painful need to make a joke out of life, there are some very serious issues we are trying to tackle here. One of these issues is suicide. For example, in 2014 male suicide accounted for some 76% of all suicides. This makes it the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

As you probably tell from my awkward manner and inability to grow a proper beard, I use humour to disguise how much of a struggle life is. Life is hard, being President is hard, being a man is hard – doing my job, representing you, is the best job in the world, but even I have to let it out sometimes.

I will be in this video because I think #BoysDoCry is a worthwhile fight against the stigma I have faced, as have countless others.

So yes, I do need men. I need some men to come and help me break down barriers.

If you are interested in joining me, please email Harry.Sampson@winchester.ac.uk, or su_welfare@winchester.ac.uk.

P.S. This is all part of our upcoming welfare week, entitled PLAYmates week – ‘Please Look After Your Mates Week’. We can’t wait to see you all there.

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