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“I made that phone call to CALM and they saved my life”

If you watched Comic Relief or BBC One’s Kilimanjaro: The Bigger Red Nose Climb last week, you may have seen a film about a man called Paul and his life-saving connection with CALM.

In the film, Strictly Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas meets Paul to hear his story and learn about how CALM helped him turn things around. She also chats to Paul’s best mate, Jon, to understand the factors that contributed towards Paul’s struggles.

Suicide remains the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK, but through our free, confidential and anonymous helpline and webchat we’re able to support many people like Paul through life’s tough times. Due to the incredible dedication of our supporters and the generosity of projects like Comic Relief, we’re able to fund our life-saving services which, in 2018, directly prevented 675 suicides.

“I made that phone call to CALM and I thank them with all my heart because they saved my life. The team directed me to counselling, ensuring I was seeing a doctor consistently for 12 months, and introduced me to running. Running is my therapy – I’ve since completed five runs to raise money for CALM, including a British 10K, Chichester Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon.”


More people than ever before are accessing our services and joining our movement against suicide, and we’re helping more people like Paul turn their lives around. Find out how to get involved with CALM or donate.

Photography courtesy of Comic Relief/Patch Dolan.

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