Yesterday it was announced that Claire Meadows, founding director of After Nyne Magazine has been appointed as an Ambassador for the charity CALM.
Meadows, 33, who has a history of activism in the ﬁeld of male wellbeing, will be working alongside fellow Ambassadors including Scroobius Pip, Ritchie Neville and Frank Turner in aiming to promote awareness and prevention of the factors surrounding male suicide.
She says ‘It’s an honour and and a privilege to be involved in such a worthy cause. There needs to be a higher level of engagement on this subject with suicide being the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45. CALM are making sure that the conversation is happening.’
CALM are currently working with Lynx on the high-proﬁle #BiggerIssues campaign, which advocates the replacement of mundane and ephemeral subjects on social media with conversations about the deeper issues affecting men in today’s society. Stephen Fry, Stuart Broad and Professor Green (Patron of the charity) are among the well-known ﬁgures who have engaged in the campaign.
The Campaign Against Living Miserably, CALM, is an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide in the UK. Founded in 2006 the charity seeks to prevent suicide by providing a service for men who are down or in crisis, and by fomenting cultural change so that any man considering suicide feels able to seek help.
CALM supporters and advocates include the likes of David Baddiel and Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal and Frank Turner, and its offbeat brand and challenging advertising have proven effective in reaching men across the UK. In the past 12 months, CALM has taken over 40,000 callers via its helpline and webchat.
CALM’s free, confidential accredited helpline and webchat service are available every day of the week from 5pm to midnight, staffed by professionals, on 0800 585858 (national) 0808 802 5858 (London) and www.thecalmzone.net.