Samaritans pioneer new partnership dedicated to suicide prevention in the online environment

At the recent Summit hosted by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Samaritans called on social media firms and internet providers to sign up to a new partnership that aims to tackle the issue of online content relating to suicide and self harm. The proposal from the UK’s leading suicide prevention charity will be a world first as it seeks to create a hub of online excellence by working together with government and the biggest technology and social media firms. Samaritans put forward a collective approach to deepen the understanding of how…

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Samaritans launch ‘Samarathon’ ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week

Samaritans wants to motivate more people to get active to improve their mental wellbeing, rather than focus on a physical endurance challenge that requires participants to run 26.2 miles in one stretch. That is why ‘Samarathon’ invites the nation to go at their own pace, take part with friends and family this summer and raise money to help us be there for those struggling to cope. Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “We all know that keeping physically fit has a positive impact on someone’s mental wellbeing. Living in a world…

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Samaritans launch awareness campaign to encourage men to seek help

Two in five (41%) men in England, Scotland and Wales aged 20-59 do not seek support when they need to, because they prefer to solve their own problems. The survey also showed that men often don’t want to feel like a burden and don’t feel their problems will be understood. Samaritans is launching a campaign, supported by National Rail, called Real People, Real Stories. The campaign sees men who have overcome tough times share their stories to encourage men, who are most at risk of suicide, to seek help by…

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Samaritans hopes to reach a broader audience with new website

The new website was launched on 12 March, along with Samaritans’ refreshed brand. The website will be easy to use and accessible to a wide audience, including young people, with a clean, modern new look. It aims to give users a clear guide and an easy journey. For example, all the emotional support information pages have been updated and now include a detailed guide about how you can help someone you are worried about. The new website will enable us to support more people, and it has been informed by…

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Samaritans to support Coffee #1 to be emotionally aware

A new partnership will see Coffee #1 aim to raise £100k over two years for Samaritans and the charity supporting its staff to be better listeners. Money raised from fundraising events and the public across all 92 Coffee #1 shops, will be used to help fund the service and ensure Samaritans volunteers are available around the clock, to provide emotional support to anyone who is going through a difficult time. Samaritans will also train Coffee #1 employees to be more emotionally aware through workshops, which aim to improve their listening…

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