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Celebrating 200,000 chats this #RedNoseDay

Hello March, you special month you. Not because you bring the official start of spring, but because you bring a particularly momentous milestone for CALM. This month we surpassed 200,000 calls to our helpline. Wuttt.

That’s half of Woodstock. One and a half Watfords. And more than one thousand suicides prevented*. We’ve done the maths, and that officially gives us a million reasons to celebrate. Here’s one massive THANK YOU to everyone who has supported CALM and made this possible.

March is also the month of Red Nose Day, the fundraising spectacular run by Comic Relief, who been one of the generous funders supporting CALM’s webchat service. So it’s fitting that this month we also hit 20,000 webchat users since the service opened in 2014.

As part of tonight’s Red Nose Day coverage, the BBC will be showing a film about a guy who contacted CALM’s webchat for help in the midst of a really shit time in his life. Despite feeling like there was no way out, encouragement from CALM helped him call 999 and get help, and we’re happy to say he was ok in the end. Here’s the film, containing content relating to self-harm and suicide.

This is just one example of the impact of CALM’s dedicated services. But we don’t stop there. For ten years we’ve been campaigning to make male suicide a big part of the conversation and fighting those stale old stereotypes of masculinity.

To help us continue to do that, film-maker Klaas Diersmann and the crew at Knock Knock made this exceptional clip, in true ‘Lock, Stock…’ style. Share now to help us keep the conversations going and read more from Klaas on how the film came about.

Want to support CALM and spread the word? Let’s have a chat.

*Suicides prevented calls and webchats include those where life is in danger or there is imminent threat of loss of life, and our helpline workers intervene to the point where life is no longer in danger or the emergency services have been called to respond.

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