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We all have our own tale to tell and you never know the full story of what’s going on for someone #UnderTheSurface. 

That’s why we’ve teamed up with iconic clothing line Original Penguin to create a podcast series that brings together people from the world of sport and uncover their untold stories.

We’ll bring you powerful and surprising stories of overcoming adversity that you won’t have heard before and drive conversations that challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

For our second episode our host Adam Smith and co-host (and CALM ambassador) Marvin Sordell are joined by former Arsenal and England player JackWilshere who opened up to us about his mental health battles, the highs and lows of football and what it is like to be without a club.

.One final thing: these podcasts cover some tough topics – remember if you need any support we’re here to help.



Marvin's story

“My battle with mental health is something I’ve spoken about a lot. Depression has been a part of my life since I was in my early 20s.”

Introducing Marvin Sordell, ex-footballer, CALM ambassador and now co-host of our #UnderTheSurface podcast. Watch the film to hear a little about his story and why he’s so passionate about driving conversations to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.

Get support for grief

Grief is something we all have to go through – but that doesn’t mean talking about it gets any easier. If you’re experiencing feelings of loss and grief, CALM have some advice.

Get help on: Grief

Get support for gambling

Whether you bet on sports, scratch cards, poker, or fruit machines — in a casino or online — problem gambling can strain relationships, interfere with work and lead to severe financial problems. But with the right help, gambling addiction can be overcome. The first step is recognising and acknowledging the problem.

Get help on: Gambling

Get support for suicidal thoughts

Anyone can have suicidal thoughts, and they can be a result of a range of different emotions or feelings.

No matter how you’re feeling, or what situation you’re in, there’s always a way forward. If you’re experiencing them, this is a good place to start.

Get help on: Suicidal thoughts

Get support for depression

We all get the blues from time to time, but if you’ve been feeling shit for days, weeks or months, you may be experiencing depression. If you’re struggling, CALM are here.

Get help on: Depression

Need to talk? CALM are here.

If you’re struggling CALM’s helpline & webchat are open from 5pm until midnight. Call them on 0800 58 58 58, or chat to our trained helpline staff online.

No matter who you are or what you’re going through, it’s free, anonymous & confidential.

This hoodie will save lives

To support CALM we will be releasing a special limited edition Hoodie with all proceeds going to support CALM’s life-saving work.

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Donate to save lives

CALM are here every day for anyone struggling with life. It costs £8 for their helpline to answer a call. It could be the call that saves someone’s life. You can help them be there for more people who desperately need help here.