Jack Rooke is a stand-up performer, poet and radio presenter. During Dying Matters Awareness Week 2013 he popped into DeadSocial’s popup shop and very kindly performed one of his pieces in-front of the “Before I die I would like to...” wall.

Jack is the editor of ‘RoundUp’ (the Roundhouse Radio’s flagship magazine show) and has created work for the likes of The Independent, The Guardian and Channel 4.

Jack’s material explores everything from death and the quirks of bereavement to the fear of a testicular cancer check! The piece below addresses how people treated him soon after the loss of a family member.  

Jack is the co-founder of ‘Save The Male’. The ‘Save The Male’ showcase is a comedy, music and poetry night to help raise awareness of CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) a charity set up in the UK to combat the suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of British males under the age of 30 

This summer Jack Rooke will be performing at Bestival, LeeFest, Lounge On The Farm, Camp Bestival, The PBH Edinburgh Fringe etc. Jack's full listings canbe found here

Calm seeks to:


- Offer immediate support to men who are down or in crisis (via a free phone helpline).

- Challenge a culture that prevents men seeking help when they need it, and challenge the stereotypes that prevent men talking about the issues they face.  CALM want to change attitudes so that men feel able to seek help for themselves and create a climate of public opinion so that it’s acceptable for them to do so.

- Push for organisational change so that CALM can better support those seeking help, support those who suffer from bereavement, and discover more about male suicide.

* Call: 0800 58 58 58 (to speak with someone)

CALM's national helpline is open 7 days a week, 5pm to midnight.  Callers can talk through any issue, CALM will listen and offer information and signposting. Calls are anonymous & confidential and won’t show up on your phone bill. Calls are free from payphones and from mobiles on 3, Virgin, Orange and Vodafone networks.

Translation facilities are available on request, to use the Text Relay, dial 18001 + 0800 585858.


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