My name is Michaela Horner and I work for Wates Construction and have been asked to share my story.
In October 2015 sadly my older brother (45 years of age) took his own life. He suffered with depression for 20 years. He had a good job in banking, 2 children, a partner of 20 years and a lovely home.
We lost our father to lung cancer in November 2014, he was our first loss and a big one. We don’t really know why our brother took his life and have been playing the guessing game ever since. I will always wonder if the passing of my father was just too much for him to cope with.
This sad event in my life introduced me to the CALM Charity. They are a small charity who have a daily helpline (0808 802 5858 open from 5pm until midnight) for men to call when they need support and to try and prevent male suicide.
Suicide is the single biggest killer in men under the age of 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all suicides were male.
So, in June 2016 I organised a charity football tournament through Wates to raise some money for CALM.
We had a number of subcontractors enter teams and these subcontractors also donated some really great raffle prizes. Lesterose went on to lift the trophy with a run of straight wins!
We managed to raise £1130 for CALM and Wates kindly donated an extra £500 bringing the total up to £1630.
Shortly after this I arranged for a spokesman to come in and hold a talk to our guys on site.
This was well received and I hope the guys went away feeling like they can talk.
We are planning to work with CALM much more in the future.