CALM – Birley Unplugged

Saturday evening saw the talents of Eastbourne Schools Partnership pupils come to life in a heartwarming display of creative talent.

The unplugged concert hosted at the Birley Centre on 09 Feb at 7pm was a great success; the event was opened by a young professional singer songwriter Elsa Hewitt, who is working on a new piece highlighting the issues of mental health, Elsa worked with our young people through the rehearsals to develop a soundscape based around the issues affected people face on a regular basis when dealing with mental health. As the evening was in aid of CALM, the men’s mental health charity, this seemed a great opportunity to involve young people in the dialogue in a creative way.  Special thanks must go to The Chalk Cliff Trust who donated us a grant to make this possible.

If you or someone you know is being affected by mental health, you can reach out and get some vital support by contacting CALM on the website attached. https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Frontline services – Anyone can hit crisis point. We run a free and confidential helpline and webchat – 7 hours a day, 7 days a week for anyone who needs to talk about life’s problems. We support those bereaved by suicide, through the Support After Suicide Partnership (SASP).

Communities – Together we’ll help our boys, our dads, our mums, brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues. We spread our message and facilitate supportive spaces in workplaces, universities, pubs, clubs and prisons across the country – so that people feel empowered to share their experiences and get the help they need before they reach the point of crisis.

Campaigns – Everyone has a part to play. We campaign with media partners, brands and ambassadors to spread awareness of suicide and its devastating impact with campaigns like #Project84, #DontBottleItUp and The Best Man Project. We challenge boring male stereotypes and encourage positive behavioural change and help-seeking behaviour, using cultural touch points like art, music, sport and comedy.

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