The work aims to initiate a much-needed conversation and action around male suicide prevention and bereavement support. The 84 sculptures are a visual representation and poignant reminder of the tragic statistic that 84 men take their own lives every week.
The sculptures have been created by renowned sculptor Mark Jenkins, with support from bereaved friends and families who have lost a loved one to suicide. Across a series of workshops, the relatives were guided in Mark’s signature tape casting technique, each producing a sculpture for the installation.
The sculptures were installed on top of Southbank’s buildings from Monday 26th March for a week. Supporting the project, ITV’s This Morning raised awareness of the campaign with three days of programming dedicated to male suicide, including interviews with the friends and family of the men at the heart of Project 84.
Alongside broadcast coverage by This Morning, Project 84 is supported by a PR campaign from creative communications agency W, alongside online comms, posters and volunteers on the ground, raising awareness of the signs to look out for in people who may be at risk, and most importantly, how to provide them with support.
Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said:“Achieving our goal of male suicide prevention requires everybody to take a stand. As a society we have to face this awful issue, discuss it and actively work to stop it, which is why we’re particularly invested in making this campaign a success. Project 84 is all about making the scale of the situation very clear and we hope it will drive change and encourage everyone, government included, to come together to take suicide seriously.”
Ant Nelson and Mike Sutherland, Deputy Executive Creative Directors at adam&eveDDB added: “Male suicide and mental health is a big issue that can’t be ignored any longer. It’s unacceptable that so many men are tragically taking their own lives every week, and yet there are so few people talking about it. Hopefully this piece of work will highlight this shocking statistic and help start conversation.”
Warren Johnson, founder and global CEO at W, said: “CALM’s work is vital, and I feel privileged to support such a hard-hitting campaign. #Project84 is about drastic action and everyone should be taking a stand to join this movement, helping to prevent male suicide.”
Project 84 is shaped around the tragic statistic that a man takes his own life every 2 hours in the UK. Despite the shocking figures around male suicide, it’s an issue often still shrouded in stigma, and there’s still a lot to be done to normalise the idea of men seeking help and support. The campaign has been made possible by the male grooming brand, Harry’s, and will run from Monday 26th March.