UK hip hop star, Professor Green, will be hosting January’s BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), with the aim of raising awareness of male suicide, the single biggest killer of men 20-45 in the UK.
The BBC Lifeline appeal is led by Professor Green and features the Stringer Family who tragically lost their son, Hector, at the age of 18 and comedian Jake Mills, from Merseyside who attempted to take his own life but, through the support provided by CALM, sought help and now campaigns to raise awareness of male suicide and the work that CALM does.
CALM CEO, Jane Powell, says:
“Male suicide is a huge issue but we’ve really struggled to raise awareness and money for our helpline, so it is brilliant to finally have someone as highly regarded and well known as Professor Green who is willing to push the issue.”
In 2013 there were 6,233 suicides in the UK, of which 78%, or 4,858, were male. Just over 13 male suicides every day. Male suicide numbers are at a 15-year high, and suicide is now the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (ONS, GRO, NISRA)*.
Every £6 raised by the BBC Lifeline Appeal will fund a potentially lifesaving call to the CALM helpline.
CALM’s BBC Lifeline Appeal will be broadcast on Jan 18th, 3:25pm on BBC 1, and again at 1pm, Jan 21st on BBC 2.
The programme is available to watch on the BBC website shortly after broadcast on Jan 18th: www.bbc.co.uk/lifeline
How to donate to CALM’s BBC Lifeline Appeal:
Please text DONATE to 70121
Texts cost £10 plus your standard network message charge. The whole £10 goes to CALM (Registered charity number: 1110621 and Registered Scottish Charity: SC044347).
Please make your cheque payable to CALM and send it to:
BBC Lifeline Appeal
Please make sure you write ‘CALM’ on the back of the envelope.
Please call 0800 011 011
Calls are free from most landlines. Some networks and mobile operators will charge for these calls.
BBC Donation lines will be open from midday on Jan 15th until Feb 12th
NOTES TO EDITORS
Jane Powell, CEO, CALM
0203 697 9331 / 07905 345287
CALM is a registered charity number: 1110621 and SC044347.
*SOURCE: UK Registered Deaths for which the underlying cause was classified as 'intentional self-harm' or 'event of undetermined intent' 2013
NISRA: http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp31.htm, deaths by sex and age 1970-2013
GRO: http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/deaths/suicides/list-of-tables-and-chart, tables M and F
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), is an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK. They push for cultural change so that men of any age feel able to talk about issues and get help when things start to go wrong via:
- a free, confidential helpline and webchat service taking over 40,000 calls a year on 0800 585858 (national) 0808 802 5858 (London) open 7 days a week, 5pm – midnight.
- www.thecalmzone.net - a site where men can hear about other mens lives as well as help and information
- CALMzine, our award-winning quarterly men's lifestyle magazine.
In 2013 there were 6,233 suicides in the UK, of which 78%, or 4,858, were male (ONS, NISRA, GRO)
CALM is reg charity no's. 1110621 and SC044347