There were 6,117 suicides in the UK in 2015 of which 75%, or 4618, were male (NISRA, GRO, ONS). Male suicide has an enormous emotional impact on those bereaved, who are then much more likely to take their own lives.
CALM works to prevent male suicide by providing frontline services for men, promoting cultural change and campaigning for better understanding of suicide and prevention.
We were founded in 2006, and in the first ten years of operation have helped treble awareness of male suicide in the UK (YouGov).
Demand for CALM’s services are steadily increasing; currently someone tries to access the helpline/webchat every two minutes (during open hours, 5pm-midnight daily).
In 2015, CALM’s #BiggerIssues campaign, delivered in partnership with Lynx, reached an online audience of 23 million, increased awareness of male suicide by 45%, and helped secure the first ever parliamentary debate on male suicide.
A free helpline 0800 585858 and webchat (5pm – midnight daily), which are accredited, anonymous and staffed by trained professionals.
theCALMzone.net is CALM’s website, hosting inspiring content written by men for men alongside information and support.
The CALMzine, a free quarterly men’s lifestyle magazine to entertain, inform and inspire young men.
Bereavement support through the Support After Suicide Partnership, which is hosted by CALM.