Activity of CALM
Aims and objectives
CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity set up in response to the high suicide rate among young men, currently the biggest killer of men under the age of 35. It is a campaign and charity set up for and on behalf of young men. Most men who kill themselves are not in contact with any other agency. When asked, what young men say they want is practical, anonymous and confidential help from professionals - which is why CALM was formed. Although CALM is targeted at young men aged between 15-35, we offer help, information and advice via a helpline and website to anyone calling within the UK, regardless of age, gender or geographic location.
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: United Kingdom
Organisation City: Salford
The Copper Room, Deva Centre, Trinity Way
Organisation Zip Code: M37BG
Organisation Phone: 800585858
Name: Jane Powell
A CALMzone is an area where we work with the local authorities to promote CALM within their area under a Service Agreement. Our local CALMzone Coordinators work with local clubs, the community, music and entertainment industries to promote the campaign to young men. We have 10 years of experience of this work in Merseyside, and currently are the first port of call for men under 35 who are feeling stressed. There are two CALMzones at present, E Lancs and Merseyside. The helpline is currently operational between 5pm and midnight Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday every week of the year. Calls are free (from landlines and certain mobile phone providers) and confidential. A minicom service is available on 0800 027 2982. There is also a language line facility operational on the line. CALM's helpline is free to calls on a landline - and won't show up on landline phone bills. It's confidential and anonymous. Calls are answered by trained advisors, who will help callers work through problems and start to sort things out. Within CALMzones they can give callers information about local places to go to get more help. Callers living in CALMzones, will be given details of nationally available services.
RESET, a bi-monthly free magazine is available from selected TOPMAN clothes stores, www.thecalmzone.net/reset-magazine/