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
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1 in 5 children in Milton Keynes lives in poverty
But there's plenty of money - and the UK's wealthiest are getting richer every year.
The government used billions of YOUR money to bail out failed banks and the bankers continue to get huge bonuses. The government also allowed the same banks to help their friends, the super-rich 1%, to avoid and evade billions in tax.
The government now wants to dismantle the NHS, replacing it with profit-driven companies. At the same time they tell us that there is not enough money for essential services.
So while families in Milton Keynes struggle to feed their children and the local council pushes through cuts to vital support services for the elderly, the unwell and the homeless, the rich just keep on getting richer.
They won't change anything unless we make them listen. What can you do? Stand together with us to demand INVESTMENT NOT CUTS!
Milton Keynes Against The Cuts (MKATC) brings together individuals, groups and campaigns to OPPOSE ALL CUTS and DEFEND ALL SERVICES. We are not linked to a political party or religion and we would welcome representatives from all communities and groups across Milton Keynes.
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