Additionally, suicide rates among young people have not decreased, meaning there’s a long way to go in ensuring our young people are equipped with the support and tools they need to look after their mental health.
The ONS stats continue to provide a barometer for our work - helping us identify where and how our services are most needed. And the message is clear. We all need to do more to help people tackle the many stresses that are being placed on their lives. And we need to continue to smash the stigma that stops people from speaking up when they’re struggling - whether that’s with depression or with a devastating mortgage increase.
Our full name is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. At our core, we’re about finding the joy in life and a way forward for everyone. And right now, that joy is at risk - whether it’s beers down the pub with your mates suddenly becoming unaffordable or a moment to yourself away from the kids with your favourite coffee cancelled.
CALM exists not only to intervene at vital crisis moments but to provide coping mechanisms, tools, advice and, crucially, hope to everyone struggling. We’re here to put life-saving information into the hands of friends, family and colleagues, to mobilise communities to create safety nets and to make suicide prevention a conversation everybody feels comfortable with.