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LIAM TULLEY ANNOUNCES 84-DATE CHARITY TOUR
Comedian Liam Tulley will tour the UK to support Heads Together, CALM and Project 84. The tour aims to encourage men to speak out about mental health using humour.
Liam Tulley has confirmed today that he will tour the UK in aid of the charity CALM.
Alongside the tour will be the launch of their #LaughItOut campaign, which will encourage men to use humour to discuss taboo subjects such as depression and anxiety. Having a sense of humour about such topics can open up a lot of doors to conversations and address issues in ways that non-humorous approaches can’t.
Speaking about the tour and the campaign Liam said: "When I'm on stage I talk about being anxious, I talk about depression, I talk about my insecurities. Although it's all disguised as jokes, most of it is real and using humour is how I get it all out. That's what humour is for, to make the bad things bearable. There's no point joking about good things, because they're already good. The campaign is to get men talking to each other about their problems. Chances are if you're mates with someone you've probably got the same sense of humour, so joking about it will help get it out."
84 men in the UK take their own lives every week. Each tour date will represent a life lost to suicide. The challenge is estimated to raise around £20,000 for the charity.
Liam continued: "If you turn a subject like this into a bit of a joke, it doesn't mean you're not taking it seriously, it's just a way of talking about it without making it too heavy. My anxiety is part of my life, I can't switch it off, but having a sense of humour about it helps me deal with it. If I can make it into a joke that others can relate to, then hopefully that will help them deal with it too. It's just about getting men to talk, if you're going through a break up, if you feel down, if you're having money worries, whatever the problem is just get it out there. At the time it might seem like the end of the world, but it's not. If you can try to see the funny side of it you can work towards getting the right help."
CALM is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. On average 12 men take their own life every day – more than three times the number of women. CALM works to prevent male suicide by providing services for men who are down or in crisis, and by campaigning for culture change so men feel able to seek help.
Heads Together is a campaign spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and has had a huge impact in getting the country talking about mental health.