Samaritans April Update

In these unprecedented times, it’s normal that people’s mental health will be affected, the samaritans volunteers continue to be there for those who need us most.

Although we might be physically isolated, it doesn’t mean we need to be socially isolated, and they’d really encourage you to talk about how you’re feeling, however you can, via video messaging, over the phone, texting, or over the garden fence.

If you’re worried about yourself, they have gathered some resources that might be helpful for looking after your wellbeing at the moment.

If you’re worried about someone else, they have also got some tips that might help you reach out. Sometimes, starting a conversation and showing you care can be the first step to helping someone feel less isolated.

Middle-aged men and suicide

In the UK and Ireland men are three to four times more likely to die by suicide than women. Research also tells us that men who are less well-off and living in the most deprived areas are up to 10 times more likely to die by suicide than more well-off men from affluent areas.

The Samaritans new report, which focuses on the lived experiences of men, looks at the challenges they have faced, and what they need from support services when they’re struggling to cope.

This is the first of two connected reports. The second, due to be released later in 2020, will set out recommendations of how services can effectively engage and support men earlier, before they reach crisis.

Read the report
Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. Here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 116 123 for free, or contact us by a different method.