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EMBARGO 00:01 Tuesday 18th April 2017 - The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry give exclusive interview to CALMzine

Press Releases   •   Apr 13, 2017 13:40 BST

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry talk Stormzy, men’s mental health and the British stiff upper lip in an exclusive interview for grassroots men's magazine CALMzine, published by male suicide prevention charity CALM.

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Call for photographers to shine a light on masculinity

Press Releases   •   Mar 30, 2017 12:51 BST

Recent UK figures show that men are three times more likely than women to take their own life, and less likely to talk to anyone about going through depression. ​The Calm Photography Movement has been founded in partnership with LYNX to spark conversation about masculinity, mental health and self-expression through photography, in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

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Elbow release exclusive 7” on Record Store Day, in aid of CALM

Press Releases   •   Mar 21, 2017 18:10 GMT

To celebrate Record Store Day on 22nd April 2017, Elbow have announced a 7” release as part of Torch Songs, the project led by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

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Record male suicide awareness as new stats show 3 in 4 UK suicides are men

Press Releases   •   Dec 02, 2016 13:27 GMT

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) has released the results of a suicide awareness survey to coincide with today’s new suicide figures that show 75% of UK suicides are male. Now 1 in 3 people in the UK are aware that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45.

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Powerful film breaks the silence of male suicide

Press Releases   •   Sep 09, 2016 15:34 BST

​For World Suicide Prevention Day, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) has released a powerful film that breaks the silence surrounding suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.

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Ady Suleiman releases exclusive cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Lean On Me’, in aid of CALM.

Press Releases   •   Jul 07, 2017 11:47 BST

Ady Suleiman has released an exclusive cover of Bill Withers’ classic ‘Lean On Me’ as part of Torch Songs, the initiative led by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

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LONDONERS URGED TO ‘MIND THE CHAP’ DURING MEN’S HEALTH WEEK

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2017 09:49 BST

Mind The Chap is back this Men's Health Week, with the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) handing out free limited-edition Oyster Card holders at various London tube and rail stations, targeting thousands of commuters with the slogan ‘Mind The Chap’ to serve as a reminder that men are three times more likely than women to die by suicide.

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FREE panel discussion event in London: The Calm Photography Movement

Press Releases   •   May 16, 2017 10:52 BST

A free space for conversation on the themes underpinning The Calm Photography Movement project and exhibition featuring Simon Jack (BBC Business Editor), Steve Wallington (TCPM co-founder and Creative Director), Poorna Bell (Executive Editor of HuffPost UK and author of Chase the Rainbow), Casey Moore (photographer) and James Scroggs (CALM’s Chair of Trustees).

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#TeamCALM runners approach start line of London’s ‘Mental Health Marathon' with royal support

Press Releases   •   Apr 21, 2017 12:04 BST

This Sunday, 23rd April, 42 runners will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in support of the ​Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the UK’s leading charity dedicated to preventing male suicide. CALM is a partner of Heads Together, the official charity of the London Marathon spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who will be cheering on CALM runners.

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CALM urges PM to honour historic male suicide pledge with effective action

Press Releases   •   Jan 09, 2017 18:38 GMT

- Theresa May is first British PM to publicly recognise the impact of male suicide - Men’s charity CALM pledges to hold government to account on new suicide prevention strategy

About CALM

Campaign Against Living Miserably, preventing male suicide in the UK

THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. Male suicide accounts for 78% of all suicides here and is now the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 45 in the UK ( 2013 ONS, NISRA, GRO)

PREVENTING MALE SUICIDE

We seek to prevent male suicide by:-

- Offering support to men in the UK, of any age, who are down or in crisis via our helpline, web chat and website.

- Challenging a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, see www.yearofthemale.com

- Pushing for changes in policy and practice so that suicide is better prevented via partnerships such as TASC and NSPA. CALM also hosts the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership (which includes Cruse, If U Care Share, Papyrus, Sobs, the Samaritans amongst others).

OUR VALUES

We believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented. We 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.
We’re a campaign for all men, not just ‘service users’. All of us, at one time or another regardless of gender, will hit a crisis and so we could all do with specialist support when things go wrong.
We aren’t here to represent health professionals or the mental health industry. CALM is about, for and on behalf of men. We use young men’s peers, their voices and interests to reach them. We seek to work with clubs, venues and brands with voices that men respect, feel comfortable with and trust to get our message across.

OUR FUTURE

We want to forge partnerships within music, entertainment, sports and comedy to help us with our promotion and advertising, as well as potential brand partners who can help underpin our campaign. By using music and entertainment to promote our message we create a brand that is attractive to our audience and potential supporters. In return we get a fantastic amount of pro-bono support from talented creative agencies and individuals who collectively help us raise awareness of the issue and our social message.

WHAT WE DO

HELPLINE SERVICE

We are a national charity and our helpline and web chat takes calls from across the UK. Both services are open 5pm-midnight every day of the year. Calls are confidential, anonymous and are taken by trained and skilled helpline workers who provide support, information and signposting to callers. We signpost to national agencies unless the caller lives within a CALMzone (see below), in which case we are able to signpost to local agencies. This service is caller led, confidential and anonymous.

COMMISSIONED CALMZONES & PROMOTION

We work with local health commissioners in London and Merseyside to actively promote CALM across their areas and target men locally in line with local needs, and ensure that men local to these areas are informed about the local as well as national agencies available to them, and provide a dedicated and locally focused campaign message.

Merseyside CALMzone: Launched in 2000. In Merseyside a coalition of Local Authorities commission the local promotion of CALM via an NHS provider trust, who employ a local co-ordinator. As a result CALM has a strong presence at all the relevant local festivals and events and has established strong relationships with nightclubs across the area. In the 10 year period following CALM’s launch here the local suicide rate in young men dropped year on year. Read our Merseyside case study HERE.

London CALMzone: Launched in 2011. CALM is commissioned by the Tri-Borough Public Health Service (covering Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea) to promote across their areas. We offer a unique helpline and texting number for London, supported by funding from City Bridge Trust. Working closely with local colleges, student unions, bars, nightclubs, gyms and other venues, the London CALMzone has quickly established its presence through CALMzine, its promotional materials, a presence at appropriate events and venues, and via word of mouth.

THECALMZONE.NET

Our website is designed with the intention of giving men a comfortable space where they can read stories of other men going through similar experiences and discover where to find help, as well as how to get more engaged with the campaign. The site hosts articles and information which are intended inspire, support and entertain in a site created and written by and for men. There are scores of men who regularly write articles, interviews and share their experiences on the website. Our site contains information about everything, from OCD and depression to hair loss and work. The site also hosts a database of agencies so that visitors can directly find out about organisations who can help. We’re on Twitter (@theCALMzone) and Facebook (facebook.com/theCALMzone). We currently receive about 22,000 unique visitors a month to the site.

CALMZINE

Our Magazine CALM’s unique men’s lifestyle magazine, CALMzine, is a free publication, physically distributed in Topman stores in Central London as well as student unions, bars, record stores, comic book shops and select music and cultural venues across the capital. To stock the magazine or for more info, contact editor@theCALMzone.net. CALMzine is also available online. Read back issues HERE

FUNDING

Our existence depends upon a triumvirate of public donations, grants and commissioning. We are currently funded by Health Commissioners in our CALMzones, grants from Comic Relief, City Bridge Trust and Henry Smith Charity and money raised by the public through fundraising events, memorial pages and challenges. All donations, no matter how small, are welcome. CALM is currently supported by around 5,000 individuals.

One off or regular donations can be made via Just Giving, Virgin Money Giving or raise money for us when you sell on ebay. If your company is interested in supporting CALM or commissioning our service, please email info@thecalmzone.net.

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