In 2006 Tony Wilson set up the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a non profit charity with the intention to campaign and help fight the high suicide rate of men under the age of 35 in the UK.
While the campaign, Web site, magazine and online community targets men in this age group, the support system that they have in place including a free, anonymous helpline is open to anyone who needs help.
Depression and stress are just two things that all of us may have in our lives, yet they are the main players in that final, desperate decision: when a person chooses to end their life. CALM has provided a safe haven for many of those on the brink, for people who are having difficulty coping with real issues in their lives and have nowhere to turn to.
Running the helpline is costly and at present the helplines are open Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from 5pm to midnight. CALM’s goal is to have the helpline open every night of the week.
Last year writer & DJ Dave Haslam curated for the Factory Foundation a special collection of 31 songs, named aptly ‘Thirty One’ the album is a compilation of tunes from some of Manchesters favourite artists such as Elbow, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Mr Scruff and many more.
Last year Afflecks supported the launch of the album and this year will be assisting with the final push of 31 songs, you have until the end of February to purchase the album and support the campaign.
31 Songs will be available to purchase for £10 for a limited time from CALM’s ‘pop up’ shop on the 2nd floor.
More often than not, suicide happens because someone has decided his / her life is hopeless. CALM’s mission is to help people in crisis, and your donation by purchasing this album will help them continue this mission.