Each week in the UK, 84 men commit suicide - that’s 12 men a day. Calm, a charity that works to prevent male suicide, wanted to bring this shocking statistic to life and push for the appointment of a UK government minister officially responsible for suicide prevention and bereavement support.
ITV had already been searching for ways to tackle mental health - working together with Calm and agency Adam&EveDDB, the idea for Project 84 was conceived - statues of real male suicide victims standing on top of ITV’s studio tower, overlooking the Thames.
Sculptor Mark Jenkins created replica statues of 84 men who’d killed themselves in the same week, created with the support of relatives and friends and dressed using actual clothing from each victim. Of these, 72 statues were placed on top of ITV’s tower, while 12 further men stood on the This Morning studio, representing the 12 who kill themselves every day. Each of these men’s real-life stories were used for content, to encourage discussion and understanding across ITV channels and shows.
This Morning featured interviews with friends and family of the 12 men. ITV and Calm also launched a PR campaign across media and social outlets, providing stories throughout the campaign week. Calm saw a 34% increase in the use of its helpline while 290,000 people signed its online petition for Parliamentary action.
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