The last 12 months have been like no other. So many of us have experienced struggles with our mental health, from social isolation, unemployment and money worries, through to domestic abuse, grief and bereavement. All of which have meant CALM’s helpline is needed now, more than ever. That’s why we’re taking over billboards and bus stops across the country to help more people see a way forward.
Last year, someone contacted our helpline every 66 seconds. That’s almost one phone call per minute from someone who can’t see a way forward or someone who feels their life has been turned upside down.
Our helpline staff are there every day from 5pm to midnight to talk to people who have spiralled into crisis or have no one else to turn to. And in 2020, they directly prevented 564 suicides.
It can feel scary to call or contact a helpline for the first time, but it needn’t be. A call or chat with CALM is free, anonymous and confidential, and you can talk about anything – nothing is too big or too small. Here’s what some previous chatters have had to say about the CALM helpline:
“I stared at the number. I was terrified. Terrified of the shame I felt in asking for help, terrified of being laughed at for being weak… Instead I found someone who listened and that was all I needed at that moment: to be heard.”
“Talking is really important. Once you open up you realise there are lots of people who have felt down or have maybe been on medication. I would say to anyone going through the same thing – just speak to someone.”
There is nothing you can’t talk about
No, really. Don’t believe us? Here’s what some of the CALM helpline staff had to say about CALM’s services.
“You don’t have to be suicidal to contact us, in fact, we would rather talk with you so you don’t reach that point.”
“A conversation with us can help you talk yourself into a calmer frame of mind.”
“The conversations we have and the range of issues we cover are so diverse. It makes every day so different.”
Find out more
You can find out more about the stuff that’s getting you down in the CALM Get Help Hub. Head here where you can read about everything from anxiety, depression and OCD, to relationship breakdowns, racism and work stress.
Struggling? Call us.
When you’re struggling, or can’t see a way forward, you view life in a different way. We’re here to help you see the future clearly. If you need to talk, we’re here every day, 5pm-midnight. No matter what.
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