By any measure – lives saved, conversations started, ministers appointed, money raised, miles ran, men hugged… 2018 was our biggest and most impactful year in this movement against suicide. There’s way too much to cover in one post, and too many people to thank – we’d need a book for that (maybe next year). For now here’s a very bite-size, month-by-month highlight reel of just some of the life-changing things you lot made happen.
The #BestManProject went Royal.
— CALM (@theCALMzone) January 19, 2018
The last ever CALMzine dropped.
CALMzine #28 ?
Russell Brand on addiction | Simon Amstell on ayahuasca
+ @rioferdy5, @LoyleCarner & The Duke Of Cambridge on the power of friendship. Find stockists & read online ? https://t.co/OZVxyRuxFD pic.twitter.com/W5ACU5kewS
— CALM (@theCALMzone) February 13, 2018
#Project84 gets the nation talking about suicide.
84 men in the UK take their own lives every week. Eighty-four. It’s time to speak out and take a stand against male suicide https://t.co/dvBPsFVJlu @Schofe @EamonnHolmes @therealgokwan @MartinSLewis @DrRanj @Ginofantastico #Project84 pic.twitter.com/EJZUmuIkVT
— This Morning? (@thismorning) March 27, 2018
#TeamCALM run 2384.2 miles at London and Brighton Marathons.
— CALM (@theCALMzone) May 2, 2018
Coronation Street highlighted the issue of male suicide.
— CALM (@theCALMzone) May 9, 2018
CALMing out at our first ever Pride.
We are at @PrideInLondon repping Team #CALMandPROUD! Tis me @JackRooke taking over with my glam assistant @CeciliaKnapp! We will be showing the good ?, the corporately awful ? & the fabulously gay ?️?!
(& low key streaming the England match with only 1GB of data left ?) pic.twitter.com/eTZL74mXMy
— CALM (@theCALMzone) July 7, 2018
We followed Ben Davis on his majestic #RunYorkshire challenge.
Ben’s running 470 miles around Yorkshire for an inspirational reason! ?? pic.twitter.com/wcgtbEy2NK
— BBC Yorkshire (@BBCLookNorth) August 15, 2018
We teamed up with Instagram, TheMix, and loads of famous faces to launch #GramFam – supporting young people during tough points.
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Documentary film maker and TV personality @regyates joins #GramFam to tell you it’s ok to change your mind, whatever the outcome. Support your fam on the gram! Tag your mates in the comments and tell us your experience of pre-result nerves and what helps you chill. Didn’t get the results you wanted? Need some support? CALM and The Mix have your back (link in bio).
We partnered with the world’s largest student community, Student Problems.
We changed Government.
Today, we win. @Theresa_May has answered our call for a Minister for Suicide Prevention. Thank you for all your support in taking a #StandAgainstSuicide and making this happen. Onwards! #WorldMentalHealthDay2018
— CALM (@theCALMzone) October 9, 2018
We launched our partnership with our mate Dave.
Tonight we took over one of our ad breaks to announce our partnership with @TheCALMZone and our new campaign #BeTheMateYoudWant. You can watch the whole ad break takeover here. pic.twitter.com/ohufdDK41b
— Dave (@davechannel) November 26, 2018
We had a big, massive comedy and music gig at the lovely Omeara.
— CALM (@theCALMzone) December 16, 2018
Thanks to everyone who walked, watched, tweeted, cycled, laughed, danced, rowed, kicked, drove, talked, skated, cheered, hiked, gamed, sang.. or just cared. Onwards to a very exciting 2019.
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