Samaritans and Beder unite to help more people struggling to cope

Beder, a charity dedicated to raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention, was set up by the family of Beder Mirjan, who took his own life in 2017. Beder aims to increase awareness and understanding around mental health and suicide through exciting, unique and inspiring events and initiatives. Beder wants to help reduce the number of people suffering alone and taking their own lives. Beder organises events and initiatives in the UK and promotes wellbeing through activities across wellness and recreation in addition to providing educational and work experience…

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Leeds Building Society donates shirt sponsorship to make space for Samaritans on unique Leeds Rhinos kit

Mental wellbeing will be front and centre at Leeds Rhinos’ Betfred Super League clash with St Helens as main sponsor Leeds Building Society makes space on the team shirts for Samaritans. The unique kit featuring Samaritans’ logo will be worn for one game only on 15 August to help raise awareness of mental wellbeing as part of the Society’s partnership with the charity. Leeds Building Society’s sponsorship gift forms part of its two-year partnership with Samaritans to raise £250,000 to enhance the technology available to volunteers across the charity’s branches.…

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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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