On 19th November, International Men’s Day 2015, as one part of a huge amount of nationwide activity and discussion around the issue of male suicide, Rapman released, with the support of YouTube legend Jamal Edwards MBE, his latest single ‘Rollercoaster’, which tells the story of a man who takes his own life.
As more and more people are opening up in an attempt to break the taboo surrounding the subject, CALM has put together a playlist on YouTube collating independent films and music videos that touch on the subject under a single unifying message: Don’t Be A Statistic.
2014 suicide figures show that 76% of suicides in 2014 were men, and in the run up to International Men’s Day 2015, a number of surveys and reports released by suicide prevention charities and experts, including CALM, illustrate the extent of the problem. Rapman and Alexander Theo, whose powerful video is the second to be added to the playlist, urge men wherever they are watching these videos to get help and not end up as a statistic in a report. The helpline numbers and details of 5 top organisations are available in the YouTube playlist description. If you’ve made a video touching on the issue of male suicide and would like it to be included in the Playlist, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view and share the playlist with #DontBeAStatistic: http://bit.ly/1OiTD3m
CALM would like to stress that these are independent films, yet the message is the same, which is why we’re supporting the filmmakers, and any viewers affected by the issues raised by them, by collating them in one place with access to multiple organisations able to offer help.
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