Gambling Charity and Samaritans Launch Bespoke Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training

National gambling support charity GamCare has worked with Samaritans, the leading suicide prevention charity, to develop a suite of training materials for gambling businesses, to raise awareness of the risk of gambling-related suicide and to give gambling staff the skills and confidence to support customers who may be at risk. Gambling related harm is a risk factor for suicide and 11% of gamblers contacting the National Gambling Helpline in 2019/20 told GamCare they had experienced suicidal thoughts, either currently or in the past. To help tackle this issue, GamCare and…

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Phoenix Group announces new UK charity partnership with Samaritans and continues with its charity support during pandemic

Phoenix Group have announced a new two year UK charity partnership with Samaritans, the charity that is always there to help anyone who is struggling to cope, not just at the moment of crisis, but to help prevent crisis too. Phoenix colleagues were keen to focus their latest charity partnership on mental health and following a voting process, chose Samaritans as their partner and will be looking to raise funds while promoting awareness of mental health. The pandemic has had a profound impact on the nation’s mental health, with Samaritans…

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Samaritans publishes new handbook on men’s wellbeing services

Based upon the insights from a series of co-design workshops with men, Engaging men earlier: a guide to service design provides five key principles for anyone designing, running or commissioning wellbeing groups for men. From fostering achievement to building relationships and feeling a sense of purpose, the new Samaritans handbook is informed by what men told Samaritans is really important for maintaining positive mental health. It also includes practical elements for service providers to consider such as accessibility and communication, which are crucial in helping them appeal to men earlier…

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Barclays announces a new charity partnership with Samaritans to help the charity continue to be there for people who are struggling to cope

Barclays has announced a new three-year partnership with Samaritans, a charity which provides emotional support to anyone struggling to cope. Samaritans is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with 201 branches across the UK and Ireland. The three-year strategic partnership will enable Samaritans to meet demand for its services and help reach those most at risk. Samaritans is there for anyone who is struggling to cope with how they are feeling, offering non-judgemental emotional support, through a listening service, including by phone, email, letter, face to face…

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Samaritans launch new Media Guidelines

The sixth edition of Samaritans’ guidelines has been revised to reflect the significant changes within the media landscape and incorporate the latest research on the impact that portrayals of suicide and self-harm in the media have on suicide rates. Research published earlier this year showed that media reports of celebrity suicides are associated with a 13% increase in suicides in the following one-two months1. The same research also showed that when suicide methods were reported, the number of deaths in the population using the same method increased by 30%. While…

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