THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.
In 2014, male suicide accounts for 76% of all suicides and is the single biggest cause of death in men under 45 in the UK. We’re a campaign for all men, not just ‘service users’.
We are a national charity and our helpline takes calls from across the UK. Open from 5pm-midnight every day of the year, calls are confidential, anonymous and taken by trained and skilled helpline workers who provide support, information and signposting. We signpost to national agencies unless the caller lives within a CALMzone (see below), in which case we are able to signpost to local agencies. The helpline is operated on behalf of CALM by the Community Interest Company. Callers can also access the same service via webchat.
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 (SBSP), 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.
For more information please contact us or visit our website.