Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Every two hours a man in the UK takes his own life - that's 84 every week.
Despite such harrowing figures, there is currently no minister in the UK government officially responsible for suicide prevention and bereavement support.
On Monday, the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) launched Project 84 in order to raise awareness and encourage both the government and the public to better understand the complexities of suicide and strive for improved prevention and bereavement support.
84 sculptures, created alongside families affected by male suicide, currently stand on top of the This Morning studios and ITV's headquarters on London's South Bank as part of the campaign.
Discussing the exhibition, CALM explain how they intend to “stop people in their tracks, make them pay attention and inspire much needed conversation and action around suicide”1. Partnering with internationally renowned artist, Mark Jenkins, and his collaborator Sandra Fernandez, the 84 individual sculptures are a reflection on the real lives that are lost and the friends and families who are sadly left behind.
With studies in 2017 showing that male construction workers at greatest risk of suicide2 - this topic is one that can’t be ignored any longer.
Sign the petition for a call for change so that this important issue gets the attention and action it desperately deserves at https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-hunt-make-suicide-prevention-and-support-a-government-minister-s-responsibility
If you feel suicidal or vulnerable, if you're worried that someone you know may be feeling suicidal or if you need support after losing a loved one to suicide, go to CALM (https://www.thecalmzone.net) for advice, support lines and webchat. You can also contact the Samaritans (https://www.samaritans.org/branches) or call 116 123.
1 https://www.projecteightyfour.com2 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/male-construction-workers-greatest-risk-suicide-england-st