- June 20, 2019
- Posted by: Stephen Coleclough
- Category: Mental Health
The suicide rate remains very high in the United Kingdom with 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2017 alone.
Suicide is still a problem that mostly affects men, with men being three more times to take their own lives than women.
In fact, suicide remains the leading killer of men aged under 45 years of age.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a charity that was formed in response to the large number of male suicides that occur each year.
This post will share some more information about this incredible charity and the important services it provides.
When was CALM established?
CALM was established by the Manchester Department of Health in 1997 as a pilot program seeking to reduce the number of male suicides.
The program was a success and rolled out to Cumbria and Merseyside in 2000.
It was subsequently expanded to cover Luton and Bedfordshire.
In 2004, the Manchester Department of Health decided to end the pilot program.
They soon discovered that local commissioners and supporters wanted to continue the program as it had successfully helped many people in the local community.
Jane Powell recognised the demand for the program and relaunched CALM as a national charity on the 31st of March, 2006.
CALM’s launch was supported by advertisements throughout the UK, partially funded by JCDecaux, Clear Channel and Viacom.
The legendary music manger Anthony Wilson was named as CALM’s inaugural trustee.
CALM held the first London CALMzone in late 2011.
This event featured a line-up of internationally acclaimed DJs.
The event was a huge success and helped to raise the profile of the charity.
Initially, CALM had a focus on helping men aged between 15 and 35.
By 2011, it became apparent that the suicide rate was growing amongst older men.
After consulting with supporters and commissioners, the charity expanded its mission to provide help to all men in the UK.
Over the years, CALM has run many successful suicide awareness campaigns.
They also work with a several brands and charity ambassadors to help the general public understand the reasons why people suicide and the devastating impact that it has.
The charity also works to remove unhelpful male stereotypes, encouraging men to talk about how they feel and seek help when they need it.
What services are provided by CALM?
CALM runs a free and confidential helpline and web chat, which are available 7 hours a day, 7 hours a week.
The helpline is available for anyone who needs someone to talk to about the problems in their life.
The web chat can be accessed at https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/ and the helpline is available at 0800 58 58 58.
They also provide a useful directory of organisations which is helpful to anyone in distress.
This directory can help you obtain help for many kinds of problems, ranging from drug addiction through to dealing with bereavement.
The directory is also available at https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/.
There is also information available for people who are concerned that a loved one is considering suicide.
It shares the warning signs that indicate suicide risk and explains what steps to take — https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/worried-about-someone/.
CALM works to improve suicide awareness in various venues including schools, universities, workplaces, pubs, clubs, and prisons.
They educate people in these locations on the risk of suicide and how to care for others who may be struggling.
If you are concerned about your mental health or the mental health of a loved one, contact CALM today via telephone on 0800 58 58 58.