Noel Gallagher, Elbow and Delphic are just some of the artists featured on a compilation CD launched today to raise money for a suicide helpline aimed at young men.
The CD, entitled Thirty One, was compiled by former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam for the Factory Foundation and the proceeds will go to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) so that they can run their helpline everyday of the week.
The album contains 31 tracks featuring rare or exclusive songs from established and emerging acts based in Manchester and includes a wide range of genres, highlighting the musical diversity of the city.
“The fact Manchester’s creative health can directly serve to improve the psychological health of the city is a massive thing for me,” Dave Haslam said.
“I think the album is a positive, practical response to something I think affects all of us,” added The Factory Foundation founder, Esther O’Callaghan OBE.
THIRTY ONE: The album features only Manchester bands, including I Am Kloot and Durutti Column
Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 35 and thee in four suicides are male, a statistic CALM is dedicated to tackling.
“It’s more than a helpline, it’s a campaign about changing culture, making a real change so that men feel they have every right to ask for help” said CALM director Jane Powell.
Barry Adamson, an artist featured on the compilation CD said of his own experience that it was not until he actually started talking to people about his emotions and letting them out that he was able to overcome some of the problems he faced.
“We are sort of told, and we pick up messages that we are supposed to be strong and together,” he continued. “For me one of the most crippling things was that I was seen as being pretty cool, and in fact really I was sort of dying a little bit inside.”
The album is released on the 12 March and is available for pre-order at www.thirtyonesongs.com from today.
The CALM free national helpline service is on 0800 58 58 58 and is currently open from 5pm-midnight Saturday to Tuesday every week.