SToRMS is a small organisation based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and set up in July 2015. It is a fund within the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, a registered charity whose goal is to improve the lives of local people.
SToRMS was set up in memory of Dan McAllister who unexpectedly took his own life in May 2015 aged nineteen.
Dan was an intelligent, popular, sociable, talented and apparently happy 2nd year Psychology student. The loss of this much loved young man, who had such a promising life ahead of him, left his friends and family bewildered. It was only after this devastating event that it became clear to those who love Dan how common suicide is in the UK, how little it is discussed and how little is done to prepare our young people to cope with life’s challenges and to avoid reaching this point.
Suicide is the biggest killer of men and women under 35 in the UK. “Suicides in Great Britain: 2016 Registrations” published by the Office for National Statistics revealed 5668 people took their own life in Great Britain in 2016. Of these 4,287 were men; men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives. Suicide deaths are preventable.
The silence around suicide means that this statistic goes largely unrecognised. There are many excellent charities providing support to young men with identified mental health problems and those able to seek help in times of crisis. Nonetheless, recent statistics have shown that “only half of all people who die by suicide have ever been in contact with specialist mental health services.” Crucially, many young men like Dan are not seen as at risk until it is too late. It is these men in particular who SToRMS aims to help.
SToRMS’ Mission is to reduce young male suicides by:
1) Facilitating widespread open discussions about suicide
2) Promoting mental well-being and emotional resilience from an early age
3) Challenging gender stereotypes that prevent men from accessing help,
4) Highlighting the relationship between alcohol and mental wellbeing.
SToRMS believes that the agenda is a national one and, where possible, aims to work with other suicide prevention charities to raise awareness and influence policy decision making at this level. However, as a small organisation the main focus will initially be on raising suicide awareness in local communities and funding initiatives to increase the number of protective factors and improve support networks.
The money raised funds a variety of community based initiatives that impact everyone, not just men. More detail can be found on the “Our Work” page.
SToRMS believes our initiatives are necessary to help young people weather the SToRMS which they face in their everyday lives. It is in Dan’s memory that we must push for this change.
Donate to us
If you want to donate to us, please follow the Donate link in the top right hand corner of our homepage, which will take you to our JustGiving site.
Alternatively, you can donate to us by text, just text DanM01 to 70070, stating the amount you wish to donate e.g. £5, £10, £20 etc.
You can also donate to us via EasyFundraising. Easy Fundraising allows you to make donations automatically to SToRMS whenever you shop online with certain retailers, including John Lewis, Amazon, Marks and Spencers, Tesco Direct, ASOS, and many many more. The retailers donate a percentage of what you pay at no extra cost beyond the retail price.
If you want to get involved please get in touch through the ‘Contact Us’ tab, or by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org