The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) was set up to prevent male suicide, currently the single biggest killer of young men in the UK.
Each year, on average, men are three times more likely to take their lives than women. But whilst smoking and knife crime make the headlines, suicide was responsible for the deaths of more young men in the UK in 2011 than murder, HIV/AIDs and road deaths combined.
Suicide is a predominantly male issue, yet few people know the extent of the problem. One possible reason men are more likely to kill themselves than women is the reluctance to talk about their problems and seek help when they are in crisis.
The stigma surrounding depression is a very powerful one, and can prove fatal. However, it is a treatable condition and CALM exist not only to change attitudes towards suicide and depression in men, but also to provide support to men if and when they need it.
Asking for help is an act of bravery, not a sign of weakness. Being silent isn’t being strong.