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CALM heads to the London Marathon

We have 42 #TeamCALM runners taking on the London Marathon to prevent male suicide on Sunday 23rd April. Here’s all you need to know…


Heads Together is the official charity of this year’s London Marathon spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. CALM has been working with Heads Together for twelve months in the run up to what’s being dubbed the ‘mental health marathon’, raising awareness that suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under 45. In an exclusive interview with CALM’s quarterly magazine CALMzine, The Duke of Cambridge described this statistic as “absolutely appalling”, adding that he believes “there may be a time and a place for the ‘stiff upper lip’, but not at the expense of your health.”


Everyone is welcome to join us to scream wildly for our runners as they whizz by in their neon orange tops on Sunday! We’re at Mile 17 9.30am – 3pm. Come join us >

Can’t make it to London? Your support online can be just as loud! Share the #TeamCALM love >


Each of our 42 runners has their own great story to tell. Here we meet four #TeamCALM heroes who talk us through their reason to run, their training routine and the tune that gets them pumped. Meet the runners >


The full team with Nick Knowles and Coach Chevy Rough. Photo credit: The Sun

As part of the BBC’s season on mental health, the two-part #MindOverMarathon follows ten runners experiencing mental health issues as they train for the London Marathon. Paul Plowman decided to take on the challenge after CALM urged him to go for it. He had this to say:

Working on this project has been the most surreal experience of my life, nothing prepares you for cameras, sound guys, interviews, Nick Knowles! But I can honestly say spending time with my fellow participants, listening to their stories has been awe inspiring and I’m proud to call them my friends now.

Hear more from Paul >    Watch Part 1 of Mind Over Marathon >

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