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CALM Texting Service to End

Press Release   •   Oct 28, 2014 14:50 GMT

CALM Texting Service to End

The CALM texting service, a service which we developed to meet the needs of young men, will end on Oct 31st 2014.  Take up of the service has been very low, despite our best efforts.  By comparison, our other text-based support service, web chat, has experienced strong take-up and so we want to focus our resources on this and our helpline. 

If you have been using the texting service please try out web-chat service on our website, open from 5pm to midnight, and see if this meets your needs.  If you only want to use text support rather than our other services, then please accept our apologies.  You can receive support via text at Samaritans on 07725909090 or HOPElineUK on 07786209697.  

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. www.thecalmzone.net/get-help/

• 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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