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 Project 84: Need Of The Hour 

Date of Publish - Friday, 26th October 2018

Each week United Kingdom witnesses tragic death of approximately 84 men, the arguably saddest part being the definition of tragic here: Suicide.

Campaign Against Living Miserably(CALM), a well acknowledged help service portal, formed in 2006 works exclusively to bring down the appalling suicide rate among men in the United Kingdom with its free, confidential and anonymous web chat and help line service for men who are experiencing mental illness, depression or crises. According to the reports by CALM, suicide is the biggest killer of men in Britain, younger than 45 years of age. To arouse much required attention over the sensitive yet unexplored issue of Male suicide in UK, CALM joined forces with American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator Sandra Fernandez to initiate Project 84.

A leisurely walk along London’s South Bank on the 26th of March ’18 could appear drastically and dramatically eerie for the everyday man as the head quarter building of ITV has been elected to provide an awareness sight like no other. 84 statues of men have been atop the roofs of its buildings with each figure representing body of a real British man,owing his life lost to suicide. The explicit method of propagation for enlightening the horrid issue of suicide has been met with both praise and criticism alike by the media and the citizens. Some have labelled the act as insensitive and disturbing while others thought of it as a splendid solution to initiate public involving’s in matters of such immediate mass attention. Whatever one may perceive this gimmick to be, the elevation of life less sculptures have instigated global debate on this very issue, giving the underlining tone of depression and mental health its much-essential consciousness in this aggressive and ruthless abode of survival.

Project 84 has brought to light the poignant issue of raising mental health issues for men and has got the worried talking. CALM released a report revealing the death of 2 men every hour in UK by suicide. However, this very awareness campaign has insinuated at the abhorrent envelop of silence with which the issue has been dealt with since eons. Silence not only embraced by those who have been the unfortunate victims, but also those who are struggling with it and most significantly, the common man, we the people; blatantly ignorant and dumb to the perils of the existent rope of suicide, this attempt has made the world talking about mental awareness for the greater good of humanity.

The lives lost cannot be revived, but what can be brought back is the spirit and zest of those who are already lost in the sea of gloom and depression. As a nation or owing to our bigger humanistic responsibility towards the fellow beings, we need to pledge to protect the family of our ultimate habitat because suicide in no possible reasoning can be justified by anyone alike.

 A life lost to suicide is life wasted.

Author :
Radhika Kohli


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