Our research

Our research

Samaritans is committed to carrying out high quality research to develop our understanding in a number of areas:

  • The impact of our emotional support services
  • The needs of our callers
  • Mental health issues, including suicide prevention
  • Voluntary sector

Independent research projects

Current and completed research projects being carried out by researchers within external organisations and universities in the UK

Suicide: Facts and Figures

Only Samaritans routinely collects suicide statistics for the UK, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and ROI in one place.

We're in your corner

Why are men in mid-life, from disadvantaged backgrounds, more at risk of suicide? We commissioned five leading social scientists in psychology, sociology, economics and gender studies to look at the issues facing this group of men.


Samaritans is committed to being a knowledgeable organisation. One of the ways we are working to achieve this is by undertaking literature reviews and internal research projects to help us understand the key issues and debates in:

  1. suicide and self harm research,
  2. effective ways of providing support to people in distress,
  3. and callers needs and experiences of using our services.

We use this to inform the development of our service and to inform our work to influence government policy.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Scowcroft, Research Manager, email: e.scowcroft@samaritans.org


If you would like to know more about our research projects please contact:
Dr Stephanie Stace, Senior Research & Evaluation Manager
Email: s.stace@samaritans.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 8394 8376