People23rd November 2023

ClearBank selects suicide prevention charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably to be charity partner

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ClearBank, the enabler of real-time clearing and embedded banking for financial institutions, today announced it has entered a 3-year partnership with suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). This collaboration marks ClearBank’s first long-term charity partnership, with a focused commitment to supporting mental health and suicide prevention.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is taking a stand against suicide. That means standing against feeling low, standing up to stereotypes and standing together to show that life is always worth living. 125 lives are lost every week to suicide, and the charity exists to change this. Their helpline and webchat are open 365 days a year, offering practical suggestions for all of life’s problems - whether that’s anxiety, relationship concerns, health worries, money worries or suicidal thoughts. But they can’t do it alone; CALM needs others to stand with them and be the light that gives people hope in the most difficult of times.

By choosing CALM as a long-term charity partner, ClearBank is taking meaningful strides towards their Sustainability vision – to support and uplift vulnerable and underserved communities. CALM will also provide valuable support and guidance for the wellbeing of ClearBank employees with CALM’s suite of mental maintenance resources.

The focus of ClearBank’s partnership is to raise funds to support CALM’s suicide prevention work, including its life-saving helpline, but will also include volunteering and skills-based pro-bono work. CALM was selected by ClearBank employees from over 30 employee-nominated charities.

Simon Gunning, CEO, CALM said, "We’re absolutely delighted to be partnering with ClearBank and really looking forward to achieving great things together. It’s been a tough few years, and for many, it can feel like things aren’t going to get much better any time soon; thankfully, our life-saving campaigns and services, in partnership with ClearBank, will make a real difference to people’s lives. CALM is a lifeline for so many people right now, and with the support of ClearBank, we can continue to save lives and reach more people than ever in our fight against suicide."

Mark Fairless, CFO at ClearBank said, “We are proud to be partnering with CALM, a charity close to many hearts at ClearBank and it is even more special that our employees nominated and voted for them to be our first ever ClearBank charity partnership. Our core values and behaviours align with the vital work being carried out by CALM and we are looking forward to supporting them over the next 3 years.”

The following video is from CALM’s ‘Stay’ campaign, aimed at telling anyone who can’t see a way out that things can change and that there is always a way forward. It is about telling stories of hope that show the moment people decided to give tomorrow a chance.

*Warning: The following video contains references to suicide which some people may find distressing.

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