Portsmouth News’ Readers Respond Angrily as Columnist Tells Men to ‘Quit Moaning’

Columnist Clive Smith provoked debate on social media about male mental health, depression and suicide yesterday following a column that complained depression has “become like an epidemic of the modern era”.

Clive Smith’s column in The News yesterday urged men to “buck up” and “quit the moaning”, prompting a strong response from Cllr  Will Purvis, who chairs Portsmouth City Council’s Education, Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.

Cllr Purvis posted his letter to The News on his Facebook page.

My letter to The News after they published a frankly disgusting ‘comment’ piece today, by Clive Smith, attacking young…

Posted by Will Purvis on Tuesday, 1 December 2015


The column was subsequently removed from The News’ website but screenshots were shared on Twitter as readers responded online.

Novelist and journalist Matt Haig also tweeted his disappointment.

Male suicide is the leading cause of death for men between 20 and 34 years in England and Wales.

Elise Brewerton, reporter and feature writer for The News, responded with ‘disgust’ to the column, which she insisted she and colleagues had not seen in advance of its publication.



Health reporter for The News, Priya Mistry, was also quick to denounce the column.

The News has since removed the article from its website.