science made simple swims for CALM

Between 10th September 2016 and 10th December 2016, 14 staff and friends of science made simple swam over 230 miles and raised over £1200 for CALM! We are really proud of this achievement and the funds we have raised for this wonderful cause. Thank you for all the support!

science made simple will swim 265 miles in three months to raise money for CALM
(Campaign Against Living Miserably)

swimmers-79592_1920The whole company was inspired by Rhys when he decided he would swim 30 miles in 3 months to raise money for CALM. This is following on from last year when he took part in the Aspire Channel Swim where he swam 22 miles in 12 weeks. This year he wanted to swim even further!

Wendy suggested we join our forces together and get as many swimmers as we could and see how far we could swim. Between current employees, past employees, and partners of staff, we have 15 swimmers raring to go! Between us all, and our varied swimming abilities, we aim to swim a whopping 265 miles in 3 months! That’s more than the length of Scotland!

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the day we will be starting our challenge. Until the 10th December, Rhys, David, Leanne, Becky, Helen, Paul, Wendy, Becca, Rich, Ruth, Rosie, Zara, Rachel, Nat, and Dan will be swimming until we reach our goal.

You can follow our progress on the chart on this page!

To donate to CALM and support us in our swimming challenge, please go to our JustGiving page.

Why are we swimming for CALM?

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CALM Logo. Source: www.thecalmzone.net

Mental health is a subject close to the heart of many people at science made simple, and CALM is a charity that aims to support people who struggle with depression, anxiety, and other forms of mental ill-health. CALM focuses on male mental health and the prevention of male suicide, which is the single biggest cause of death in men under the age of 45.

In our line of work in science communication, we try to break down gender stereotypes and show that boys and girls can both become scientists and engineers. CALM is battling a stereotype whereyoung boys are often told that they should not cry or ask for help because this supposedly show weakness. They are told to “man up”. When these boys grow up to be men, they still have these gendered perceptions of what is expected of them. This means they can struggle with mental health and find it difficult to seek help when they need it most. CALM aims to help change stereotypes, help men get help when they need it, and save lives in the process:

“We believe that if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it then hundreds of male suicides could be prevented.  We believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help as they are expected to be in control at all times, and failure to be seen as such equates to weakness and a loss of masculinity.”

– CALM


Please visit our JustGiving page to donate to CALM.

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