Charity chief salutes Prince William for speech about male suicide

Charity cheif Jane Powell has praised the Duke of Cambridge for his speech urging men to talk about their issues

Jane Powell with Prince William

Friday, May 13, 2016

Charity cheif Jane Powell has praised the Duke of Cambridge for his speech urging men to talk about their issues. 

Yesterday (Thursday), Prince William spoke at an event hosted by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (C.A.L.M), a charity which aims to reduce the rates of male suicide. After revealing his first job as an air ambulance pilot was to attend a male suicide, he called for men to stop "feeling so strong" and to confide in others about their problems before it's too late.

The charity will now be a part of a coalition project between the emergency services and transport services. Powell, the Chief Executive Officer of C.A.L.M, thinks the prince's comments will help their cause.

"I was really pleased to see the Duke highlight the issue," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "The expectations we have upon men to be strong, silent, and in control have changed very little over the last ten years.

"Somebody who is strong, who doesn't talk about what's happening to them, is a victim. So I think the Duke's intervention yesterday was brilliant, because it will really help us."

Powell revealed 76 per cent of all suicides are men. She explained how C.A.L.M aims to give men the tools to be able to reduce this statistic.

"The research we've done over the years is fairly consistent," she added. "If a guy knows his mate is feeling suicidal, he would like to be able to sit down and talk with him. The problem is he doesn't know how.

"One of the things we are encouraging is how they can have these conversations, to find those words and the way in to do this."