Southport Reporter (R) Bourder
Southport & Mersey Reporter - Mobile

Click on here to go to latest edition's main page.

  Search Edition Archive  

Visit our online shop...


Click on to go to our hub website.

Latest Edition   Archive   Shop   Email   Mersey Reporter
Please support our advertiser below...

For more recommended businesses click on here...

Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-21-04

-en Southport & Mersey Reporter

Local News Report  - Mobile Page


CALM and Heads Together runners train for the London Marathon

ON Sunday, 23 April 2017, 42 runners will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon in support of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the UK's leading charity dedicated to preventing male suicide.

CALM is a partner of Heads Together, the official charity of this year's London Marathon and spearheaded by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. CALM has been working with Heads Together for twelve months in the run up to what's being dubbed the:- 'mental health marathon', raising awareness that suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45.

In an exclusive interview with CALM's quarterly magazine CALMzine, The Duke of Cambridge described this statistic as:- "absolutely appalling," adding that he believes:- "there may be a time and a place for the 'stiff upper lip', but not at the expense of your health."

In a new film released today by Heads Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry discuss their own experiences. Prince Harry says of losing his mother:- "I always thought to myself 'what's the point in bringing up the past? What's the point in bringing up something that's only going to make you sad? It isn't going to change it, it isn't going to bring her back.' And when you start thinking like that it can be really damaging."

CALM's research shows men are less likely than women to talk about experiencing depression, with a common reason being embarrassment [2]. In the CALMzine interview, Prince Harry said:- "We will all go through tough times in our lives, but men especially feel the need to pretend that everything is OK, and that admitting this to their friends will make them appear weak. I can assure you this is actually a sign of strength."

This is something that resonates with one of CALM's runners, Jonathan Stanger. A successful businessman, Jonathan, aged 44, was diagnosed with depression and turned to CALM's services at his lowest point. He said:- "CALM helped me regain perspective and seek out the right advice. This really helped me, I want to do all I can to support this wonderful charity."

Another CALM runner, Alex Stanley, 31, lost his brother to suicide. Alex said:- "He didn't feel he could talk about how he was feeling. I'm running to let everyone know it's okay to speak up and tell someone you are feeling down. Talking about your feelings is not a sign of weakness but one of incredible strength."

When Terry Creasy took his own life in 2012, his whole family were deeply affected. His wife, Philippa; son, Will; and daughter, Henrietta, are running the London Marathon for CALM and Heads Together. Philippa said:- "Suicide is not a word that I ever thought would be associated with our family. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to raise money to help other men."

As well as raising funds and awareness, training for the marathon itself has been a form of therapy for those experiencing mental health problems. For Beverly based Paul Plowman, featured in the BBC One documentary:- 'Mind Over Marathon,' the process has been transformative.

Plowman explained to CALM how running has helped him manage depression:- "Even though doctors and friends had told me that regular exercise would improve my mental health I was stupidly quite skeptical. 6 months down the line I no longer take anti depressants and I have found that getting out at least two or three times a week running has kept me more balanced and more in control of my emotions."

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said:- "CALM is enormously proud of every single runner taking on the marathon challenge this weekend. The outpouring of support for our runners and for the mental health marathon is unprecedented. We look forward to translating this support into tangible change that saves lives."

For more information visit:- TheCalmZone.Net.

CALM's helpline and webchat are open daily 5pm to midnight and are free, confidential and anonymous on the charities website.


News Report Page Quick Flick.

Click on here to go to the mobile menu page for this edition. News Report Page Quick Flick

Read this page.

Southport Reporter (R) Bourder




 RSS Our Weekly Headlines


(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK


Click on to see our Twitter Feed.  Click on to see our Facebook Page.  Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile. This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography. 

This is our media complains system...

We are regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint
Complaints Policy
Complaints Procedure
Whistle Blowing Policy


Southport Reporter® is the
Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope