Children of dad who took his own life raise money for mental health charity

  • Video report by Ralph Blumson.

The young children of a Cumbrian businessman who took his life over the summer have undertaken an extraordinary challenge to raise money for a mental health charity.

Simon Miller took his life in July. Primary school friends - who came up with the idea - are helping his children run a distance equivalent to that of between Hayton, near Carlisle, and Calais.

They're raising money for a charity which aims to tackle stereotypes of masculinity, suicide and mental health.

Simon's son, Daniel, said: "We’ve been running every day for CALM - which means Campaign against Living Miserably - for people who take their own lives and people who are depressed and don’t talk to people.

"Me, my cousin Alexandra and my friends, we decided to raise money for CALM and we’ve raised nearly £3,000."

Daniels's mother, Emily, says she is proud her children, relatives and friends can talk so freely about what has happened. It's something she believes is important.

She said: "They’ve been fantastically mature. We are just trying to encourage them to talk as much as they can because I think that’s the best thing.

"To be able to talk about their feelings and to be able cry in front of their friends. As boys in year 6, it's not an easy thing to do.

"I’m just really proud of how their friends have supported them and said it’s alright to cry and we actually want to help you."

Who to contact if you or someone you know needs help

  • Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year, by calling 116 123. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email Samaritans at

  • Mind also offer mental health support between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. You can call them on 0300 123 3393 or text them on 86463. There is also lots of information available on their website.

  • Campaign Against Living Miserably's (CALM) helpline and webchat are open from 5pm until midnight, 365 days a year. Call CALM on 0800 58 58 58 or chat to their trained helpline staff onlineNo matter who you are or what you're going through, it's free, anonymous and confidential.