The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, which launched in Merseyside 12 years ago, will be running its helpline seven evenings a week from Nov 1st, 2012.
An unprecedented increase in public donations and fundraising has enabled CALM to extend its helpline service from four evenings a week to seven. The service offers men confidential, anonymous and free support, information and signposting. Suicide is the single biggest killer of young men in the UK, and accounts for 75% of all suicides.
CALM have a proven track record in Merseyside since launching CALM here in 2000. The suicide rates in young men has dropped in Merseyside by 55% since then, a full 20% lower than the national average in that time.
This expansion of the helpline service will allow CALM to provide support to hundreds of more men. Without public support, this would not have been possible, with most donations coming from friends and families who have experienced the effects of suicide first hand.
One such supporter on Merseyside is Sarah Lewtas who came across CALM when her friend John Anderson took his own life in April last year. In a piece for TheCALMzone.net, CALM’s website – she wrote:
“John’s family requested for donations to be made to CALM at John’s funeral service. Admittedly, CALM was a new concept to me, so I looked into the charity’s manifesto, and was inspired by their efforts to reach out to those who feel most vulnerable. CALM can see that there are too many young men in Britain who take the world on their shoulders and try to uphold this ‘stiff upper lip’ image. We tell boys not to cry. We tell boys to be tough. CALM is there to show that actually, it is ok to cry. It is ok to feel the pressures of modern life. And it is ok to talk.”
Chief Executive of CALM, Jane Powell, said of the expansion, “This is a bitter-sweet news, great for the thousands of men who’ll use the line over the next months and years, but sad that this is funded on the back of so many suicides”
Lines open 7 days a week, 5pm – midnight,
CALM Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
CALM London: 0808 802 5858
Text CALM1 to 07537 404717
*Free, Anonymous & Confidential. Trained, paid staff will be available to talk through problems, listen, and offer information.