Suicidal, review: their clinical lack of self-pity made these men's stories all the more devastating 

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Eighteen-year-old Charlie was the youngest to take part in the documentary
Eighteen-year-old Charlie was the youngest to take part in the documentary Credit: Channel 5

What makes someone yearn to bring an end to their own life? The deathwish doesn’t discriminate. Charlie was bullied at school. Leo was crushingly lonely. Jack’s family had all died around him. Stewart had bottled up his depression in the masculine environment of the army.

Six people who, between them, had made 20 attempts on their own lives, bravely took us into their confidence in Suicidal (Channel 5), which was aired on Suicide Prevention Day. Among the statistics that bloomed on the screen, the most insistent was that men are far likelier to commit suicide than women. Here, they articulated their feelings of despair with a clinical clarity that felt drained of all self-pity.

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