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 the UK.

Preventing Male Suicide

CALM 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.

CALM Values

CALM believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented. They 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.

CALM is 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.

CALM 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.

What do CALM Do?

1. Helpline Service

CALM is  a national charity and their helpline takes calls from across the UK. The helpline service is open 5pm-midnight every day of the year. Calls are confidential and anonymous. Calls are taken by trained and skilled helpline workers who provide support, information and signposting to callers. CALM signpost to national agencies unless the caller lives within a CALMzone, in which case they are able to signpost to local agencies. This service is caller led, confidential and anonymous. The helpline is operated on behalf of CALM by the Community Interest Company. Callers can also access the same service via webchat.

2. Commissioned Calmzones & Promotion 

CALM work with local health commissioners in London and Merseyside to actively promote CALM across their areas and target men locally in line with local needs, and ensure that men local to these areas are informed about the local as well as national agencies available to them, and provide a dedicated and locally focused campaign message.

3. thecalmzone.net 

Their website is designed with the intention of giving men a comfortable space where they can read stories of other men going through similar experiences and discover where to find help, as well as how to get more engaged with the campaign. The site hosts articles and information which are intended inspire, support and entertain in a site created and written by and for men. There are scores of men who regularly write articles, interviews and share their experiences on the website. Our site contains information about everything, from OCD and depression to hair loss and work. The site also hosts a database of agencies so that visitors can directly find out about organisations who can help. CALM are on Twitter (@theCALMzone) and Facebook (facebook.com/theCALMzone). They currently receive about 30,000 unique visitors a month to the site.

4. Calmzine

CALM’s unique men’s lifestyle magazine, CALMzine, is a free publication, physically distributed in Topman stores in Central London as well as student unions, bars, record stores, comic book shops and select music and cultural venues across the capital. To stock the magazine or for more info, contact editor@theCALMzone.net. CALMzine is also available online.

 

Funding

CALM’s existence depends upon a triumvirate of public donations, grants and commissioning. They are currently funded by Health Commissioners in their CALMzones, grants from Comic Relief, City Bridge Trust and Henry Smith Charity and money raised by the public through fundraising events, memorial pages and challenges. All donations, no matter how small, are welcome. CALM is currently supported by around 5,000 individuals.

Regain improves the independence of all British men and women who have become tetraplegic as a result of a sports or leisure injury.

On average 1,200 people are paralysed every year in the UK. 50% become tetraplegic as a result of their accident and 10% of these people have their accident as the result of a sporting accident. There are therefore 40-60 people in need of support from Regain every year. This is in addition to the existing 300 plus tetraplegics on their database.

Grants are available for potential Regainers to help provide them with the specialist equipment they need to enable them to achieve greater independence and improve their quality of life.

Each request is considered independently, on its own merits and will be granted after consideration of the funds available at the time.

For more information on Regain, please visit: www.regainsportscharity.com

At National Star, they are driven by a vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. This sits at the heart of everything they do, from the personalised and world-class learning they provide via National Star College to training, specialist services and work in the wider community. All of this is underpinned by both their passion to enrich people’s lives and by their moral and statutory responsibilities.

National Star work on projects all over the country to improve services for people with disabilities.

National Star is best known for outstanding specialist provision at their college in Gloucestershire. However, this is their Centre of Excellence, and they have many excellent locally based partnership projects operating in different parts of the UK. They currently run personalised learning, transition and lifestyle services in the Midlands, London, the South East, the South West and South Wales.

They work with employers, local authorities (education, social services and health professionals), general further education colleges, housing associations, other specialist providers and with individuals who have an interest in what they do.

National Star has a vision for a world in which people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. They are keen to work with organisations and individuals who could support them to make this vision a reality.

By supporting National Star, you’re helping people with disabilities achieve their goals.

For more information on National Star please visit: www.nationalstar.org

Midlands Air Ambulance is the charity responsible for funding and operating three air ambulances serving the communities of six Midlands counties: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. This constitutes the largest air ambulance operating region in the UK.

Since 1991, the charity has responded to more than 42,000 missions averaging 2,000 per year, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK.

The charity’s three aircraft each carry a crew comprising pilot, two paramedics or flight doctors plus full life-support medical equipment. Operating from strategically located regional airbases, 90 per cent of the region is within reach within eight minutes.

If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation.

What is not widely known is that Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Each Midlands Air Ambulance mission costs £2,500 and in excess of £6.5 million is needed each year to keep its three air ambulances operational, which is donated entirely by the public and local businesses, with four in ten of those we help funded by Gifts in Wills.

The charity is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, but never takes this for granted. Winning and keeping hearts and minds is an essential and constant challenge. That is why it regards the real ‘helicopter heroes’ as not only the aircrew, but those often unsung ground heroes, its fundraisers.

For more information on Midlands Ambulance please visit: www.midlandsairambulance.com

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England. These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns is the only organisation that provides this level of care to these vulnerable youngsters whilst offering a range of support services to the whole family to help them cope at every stage of their child’s life and beyond into bereavement.

The charity provide tailored nursing care for each child; short breaks, emergency and end of life care at each of their three hospices:

Acorns in Birmingham based at Selly Oak
Acorns in the Black Country based at Walsall
Acorns for the Three Counties based at Worcester

Acorns relies on the community to fund the majority of its activities.
Acorns Vision:
Every child and young person living in our region that is life limited or life threatened and their families should receive the specialist care and support they need.

Our Mission:
To provide holistic, specialist, palliative care services to children, young people and their families in our region. We will deliver these services in partnership with others wherever possible, while championing the cause of palliative care for children and young people.

Our Values:
Acorns, a responsive and innovative organisation that puts children and young people and their families first in all of its services, whilst embracing the diversity of its regional communities and demonstrating integrity and quality in everything it does.

For more information on Acorns please visit their website here: www.acorns.org.uk

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