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Dictionaries will define a community along the lines of a “group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.” And with many other towns in England this is true of Milton Keynes, a structural masterpiece of a car orientated cityscape, noted for roundabouts,
grid roads and the iconic concrete cows.
Given the unique heritage, and rapid growth of MK, however, many issues of provision are without parallel or solution. A city centre that sprawls and appears to lack focus, planning and parking. Segregation between areas, untended red ways and fast traffic filled grid roads, denying people the ability to cross into neighbouring areas. Further emphasised by a slow and expensive round the houses bus service, that isolates the people within the community. Taxis just too expensive or frightening, as every passenger wonders about the driver and his past. A culture of fear and mistrust of other humans prevailing whilst a policy of divide and rule is promoted.
The system is not broken, it is designed to be the way it is. This continuation of oppression for hundreds of years just means that the community expects and accepts this status quo, whilst fearing the loss of our meagre holdings to some petty fine, penalty or regulation. Economic advances driven by industrial and technological improvements, but a change of political direction to lessen inequality is unseen. The differentials and problems of 200 years ago can still be seen today, ignored perpetually by all. Poverty, alcoholism, drug addiction, homelessness, hunger, inequality and numerous other social issues are visible on the streets of MK today and must be tackled if the community is to have a positive future.
Further divisions are created, along with jobs for bureaucrats and politically correct administrators with a myth of solving racial inequality amongst the White British, White Irish, White European, Black African, African-American, South Asian, Chinese or who ever when the fact of the matter is, always has been and will remain that we are all of the HUMAN RACE. Many beautiful people, the product of inter race couplings prove the biological fact. We have differences of culture which are high jacked to negatively emphasise political preference for differences by those in power. In a fair and humane society it would surely be better to emphasise our similarities to promote a positive viewpoint of fellow humans and members of the same community.
The political message does not look good for the dance music community in MK, with news of The Point, once iconic clubland, to be demolished and the regeneration of the Theatre District to promote an increase in shopping based daytime traffic and away from any nighttime enjoyment. Nightclubs and bars, it seems, and perhaps also the people who want to enjoy themselves are not welcome.
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK. In 2013, male suicide accounts for 78% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men aged 20 – 45 in England and Wales.
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 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 The Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA) . CALM also hosts the Suicide Bereavement Support Partnership, (which includes Cruse, If U Care Share, Papyrus, SoBS and the Samaritans amongst others). This partnership aims to ensure that everyone bereaved or affected by suicide is offered and receives timely and appropriate support. Its members are working collaboratively to ensure this vision becomes a reality.
We believethat 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.
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.
CALL THE CALM HELPLINE
Our helpline is for men who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. We're open 5pm–midnight, 365 days a year. Please note: Our texting service is no longer available. If you are in need of text based support, please use our webchat facility.
0800 58 58 58
Shelter's helpline on 0808 800 4444
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