“My brother Dan was my best pal and my idol. He was taken by something silent, something none of his friends or family saw coming. 13 years ago, we lost Dan to suicide. You too may know how this tragedy feels and how life is never the same again. Because Dan was just one of the 84 men who take their own lives every single week in the UK.” – Matthew Smith
In this country, one man dies by suicide every two hours. Yet no government minister is officially responsible for suicide prevention and bereavement support.
It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to take a stand.
CALM has joined forces with Matthew Smith, who lost his brother Dan to suicide, to launch a petition calling for a government minister to take on official responsibility for suicide prevention and bereavement support.
So that those at risk, as well as their families, will get the support they need and deserve. So that the future can mean fewer men like Dan and fewer families like Matthew’s.
Join us take a stand against male suicide.
Update, Tuesday 27 March 2018
Check out this thank you video from Matthew to mark 120,000 signatures.
Find out more
We’ve made some more specific recommendations and actions that we’d like the new ministerial role to undertake. You can read that paper here.
Have you been affected by suicide? The Support After Suicide Partnership is a hub for anyone bereaved or affected by suicide, where you can find emotional and practical support and have the chance to share your story.
CALM’s helpline and webchat are open daily 5pm-midnight. Get access here.
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