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DEATH OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

Press release   •   Aug 12, 2014 10:34 BST

The male suicide prevention charity, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) issued the following announcement following the death of Robin Williams:

“We were saddened to hear of the suspected suicide of Robin Williams, our hearts go out to his family and friends who should be left to grieve in peace. Suicide is characterised here in the UK, as it is in the US and for almost every nation except China, by a three, four or even five to one ratio of male to female deaths. In 2012, the last date for which we have figures for, 77% of all suicides were male. It is the single biggest killer of men aged 20-49 in the UK. Given the disproportionate number of male suicides, in every age band, we hope that the media will explore the relevance of gender rather than just focusing on the minutiae of Robin’s life in examining this issue”.

Notes to Editors

Contact: Jane Powell, Chief Exec - CALM

Email: janepowell@thecalmzone.net Tel: 0203 697 9331

CALM, the campaign against living miserably is reg charity no 1110621, is an award- winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK.

About CALM

CALM, the campaign against living miserably, is an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK:

• CALM provides a free, confidential helpline and webchat service every day of the week, supporting around 30,000 callers a year - 0800 585858 (national) 0808 802 5858 (London) open 7 days a week, 5pm – midnight.

• runs www.thecalmzone.net to reduce stigma and enable men to access help in way that is comfortable and appropriate for them

• publishes a quarterly men's lifestyle magazine, CALMzine

In 2012 there was one male suicide every two hours in this country, and of the 5981 suicides, 4590 were male.

CALM is reg charity no's. 1110621 and SC044347

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