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‘After Life’: Netflix join forces with suicide prevention charity to donate graveyard benches

Netflix has joined forces with suicide prevention charity to donate 25 graveyard benches as part of a mental health campaign.



Graveyard benches were installed in 25 parks across the UK on 14th January, which coincided with the release of Series 3 of Ricky Gervais’ ‘After Life’.


The Netflix series follows Ricky Gervais, known as Tony in the series. Tony is struggling with his mental health and suicidal thoughts after tragically losing his wife to cancer. Throughout the series, viewers often see Tony sat at his wife’s graveside on a graveyard bench. This location became a poignant place throughout the series entirety. The bench became the place that Tony reflected on his loss and whilst striking up conversation with Anne, who was also suffering from loss.


Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) takes a stand against suicide. CALM stands together with everyone who’s struggling with life, no matter who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through. And they do it through their life-saving services, national campaigns, and by building communities.

CALM says “We know benches are a place where you can reflect, talk to someone, sit shoulder to shoulder with someone and get things off your chest. So we’ve worked with Netflix to put benches in parks across the country – inscribed with that crucial line from the show, “Hope is everything” – to help people have those conversations and to show it’s normal to have those feelings.
Ricky Gervais said: “We hope the benches will create a lasting legacy for After Life, as well as become a place for people to visit, and we are thrilled to be associated with CALM and the great work they do.
“I don’t think any harm can come from discussing taboo subjects – if we don’t, they stay taboo because people are scared to talk about them,” says Ricky. “After Life let people talk about grief, and it was so good to start the conversation.”

There will be a QR code engraved with the phrasing: “Life can be tough, but there’s always hope. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is by your side”. Scanning the QR code will direct you to the CALM homepage and give access to resources to aid those in need.

Simon Gunning, CEO of CALM, said: “Park benches provide opportunities to reflect, talk to someone, sit shoulder to shoulder with someone and get things off your chest. That is why we’re delighted to team up with Netflix to put benches in parks across the country - inscribed with that crucial line from the show, “Hope is everything” - to help people have those conversations and to show it’s normal to have those feelings.”

More information can be found via the Calm website.


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