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Professor Green Launches BBC Lifeline Appeal for CALM

UK hip hop star, Professor Green, hosted January’s BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of Campaign Against Living Miserably with the aim of raising awareness of male suicide, the single biggest killer of men 20-45 in the UK.

The BBC Lifeline appeal is led by Professor Green and features the Stringer Family who tragically lost their son, Hector, at the age of 18 and comedian Jake Mills, from Merseyside who attempted to take his own life but, through the support provided by CALM, sought help and now campaigns to raise awareness of male suicide and the work that CALM does.

CALM CEO, Jane Powell, says:

Male suicide is a huge issue but we’ve really struggled to raise awareness and money for our helpline, so it is brilliant to finally have someone as highly regarded and well known as Professor Green who is willing to push the issue.”

In 2013 there were 6,233 suicides in the UK, of which 78%, or 4,858, were male. Just over 13 male suicides every day. Male suicide numbers are at a 15-year high, and suicide is now the single biggest killer of men aged 20-45 in the UK (ONS, GRO, NISRA)*.

Every £6 raised by the BBC Lifeline Appeal will fund a potentially lifesaving call to the CALM helpline.

You can watch the BBC Lifeline Appeal film here:


How to donate to CALM’s BBC Lifeline Appeal:


TEXTCALM20 £3 or £5 to 70070 to donate


Please make your cheque payable to CALM and send it to:

PO Box 68766

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5 Responses to this article

  1. How do I contact you if I do not want to ring

    Hammo2000 18th January 2015 at 5:38 pm
  2. I feel the same way. I cannot use the phone & texting is not easy, is it possible to use e-mail for help? I think this may be the site which I have been looking for all this time. I am sure I just need the chance to talk to some one in private about my feelings & my troubles with my diagnosed PTSD.

    captbolitho 18th January 2015 at 6:05 pm
  3. Hi, if you don’t want to call the helpline, you can talk to our helpline staff via webchat. Go to and you can access webchat from there. It’s open same hours as the helpline (5pm – midnight every day of the year) and is anonymous and confidential. I’m afraid we don’t current offer email support but hope that webchat may be a good alternative.
    We hope this helps and take care
    Team CALM

    rachelclare 18th January 2015 at 8:57 pm
  4. I watched the progamme about male sucide. I lost my son at the age of 21 year’s of age to sucide in September 2013, I feel that there is not a lot of advertisment on the televison regarding sucide I feel that more should be done to make the society that we live in more aware of the pressures that face are young people today in regards of sucide and sucide attempt’s. Since the lost of my son I said that I will start up a support group for young people in memory of my son. So I say keep on doing the good work that your charity is doing to help and prevent sucide and may God bless yous all

    ninat1 2nd February 2015 at 12:28 am

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