Campaign against living miserably
The campaign against living miserably (CALM) was set up to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35, currently the single biggest killer of young men in the UK. Although our focus is still on young men, CALM is a campaign and charity targeting men of all ages with a helpline, magazine and online community.
Men are three times more at risk of suicide than young women – in 2010 75% of suicides were men. But while smoking and knife crime make the headlines, suicide is the biggest killer. Most men who take their own lives aren’t in contact with any other agency, and don’t identify with much out there. When asked, what they indicated they wanted was practical, anonymous, confidential help from professionals. Which is why CALM was formed.
How CALM works
There are many reasons why young men need a campaign like CALM. Everyone has their own life, with different interests, circumstances, pressures and problems. But men aren’t supposed to talk about stuff, so it can be hard for them to know where or who to go to for help when life gets on top of them.
CALM promotes and delivers a free, confidential and anonymous helpline and publishes the CALMzine, a bi-monthly magazine distributed across Topman stores and select venues across inner London. CALM also have a lively website full of articles to fire you up, make you think, and stories about the exploits of CALM and our supporters. We’re into Twitter and Facebook too – come and join us online.
Why fundraise for CALM?
CALM is the only free* helpline for men in the UK and because of that we rely heavily on public donations to keep it going. Help us do this and get the message out that Being Silent isn’t Being Strong
*some exceptions apply. See here for more details
“I’d like to say thanks to your team as I had to call them tonight as a precaution to myself. I am glad you are here to help people like me trying to make life easier for themselves, without making it harder for others”