I’m proud to call myself a life-long friend and supporter of The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – one of the UK’s most innovative charities dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.
In 2017 alone, more than 65,000 conversations took place through CALM’s helpline and webchat service, with an incredible 399 suicides directly prevented because of their work.
CALM offer support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via their helpline, webchat and website. They challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it and push for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented, via partnerships such as The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC) and the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA).
CALM also support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP), which aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support.
CALM is about, for and on behalf of men. They believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity. They believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented, which is why I’m so passionate about supporting their work.
Although established as a national charity in 2006, CALM are just getting warmed-up, as is my support for their work. Ultimately the more talks I give and unique projects I create, the more I can support CALM’s work. The more lives I can help to save.
To-date I have raised over £15,000 for CALM, much of which was raised by running 1250 miles from Rome To Home.
Thank you for your support.