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SUICIDE AWARENESS IN LONDON DOUBLES

Latest YouGov figures indicate significant growth in awareness of the male suicide rate in London, with suicide remaining the biggest killer of men under-45 across the UK

CALM, the charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, announced today the latest figures in its campaign to raise awareness of the biggest single killer of men aged under-45. The findings from the online survey show that 41% of men and 38% of women in London identified suicide as the leading cause of death for men under 45 * – and a staggering 51% of regular Twitter users identified this[1].

Suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS 2014) and so continuing to raise awareness is vital in helping prevent the 4,623 male deaths by suicide every year – an average of 12 per day[2].

The latest figures released today sees suicide awareness[3] in the capital at its highest amongst men (41%) than women (38%) and this increase is a significant result for a charity with less than a dozen staff at its London HQ*. In November 2014, the figures for awareness in London were 18% for men and 19% for women.[4]

CALM’s recent hard-hitting awareness campaigns include the help of high profile patrons such as Professor Green and corporate partnerships with Lynx (the Bigger Issues), Bauer Media (Rockstock) and a London based campaign with TOPMAN and Octopus Investments (‘Mind The Chap’), reaching in excess of 390 Million people across the UK to-date.

‘CALM will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year with a fundraiser organised by Enjoy Yourself in East London on the 26th of March and has brought in Manifest London on a pro bono basis to further raise awareness around the issue of male suicide. To find out more visit CALM’s website:www.thecalmzone.net

CALM CEO Jane Powell said:

“CALM works tirelessly with its supporters to run campaigns which are not only vital in raising awareness of suicide but also in breaking down the barriers to being able to talk openly about an issue that has too long been swept under the carpet. We believe these campaigns have been critical in generating the positive figures that can be seen in the YouGov figures published today.

“A rise from 18% in men (19% in women) to 41% in men (38% in women) within fifteen months is a significant increase in awareness. This means that more men and women are beginning to understand that feeling suicidal isn’t uncommon, but also shows us that more work needs to be done.”

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

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[1] The crossbreak of regular Twitter users is based on people who use Twitter at least monthly.

[2] There were 6,109 probable suicides in the UK in 2014 of which 76%, or 4,623, were male. Suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK (NISRA, GRO, ONS 2014).

[3] Suicide awareness: 1016 panelists were asked to indicate what they thought was the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 from a given list.

[4] The question in 2014 asked what the biggest killer is amongst men aged 20-45, whereas in the recent survey in 2016 it was men under the age of 45 (including those under 20). Questions were asked in slightly different ways.

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