Help prevent suicide, contact your election candidates, says Samaritans

The Government and all Members of Parliament must do more to tackle suicide, and with the general election coming up fast, now is the time for people who care about this issue to contact their candidates.

Samaritans is calling on members of the public to get in touch with their prospective MPs through the Samaritans website, to ask them to make sure preventing suicide is a priority.

“More than 6,000 people in the UK die by suicide every year, three times as many as are killed in road accidents,” said Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland. “Suicide is everybody’s business and we can all do more to help. The election gives us all a chance to make sure suicide is on the radar of our prospective new MPs – you can do so with a few clicks on our website.”

Samaritans is calling on the next Government taking office after 8 June to make suicide prevention a priority, but there’s a role for all MPs from all political parties to make sure they’re doing everything they can.

Anyone can get involved in Samaritans’ campaign and let their local candidate know that they want to reduce the numbers taking their own lives, and how they can help.

Samaritans is asking candidates to commit, if elected, to:

  • promoting local sources of support,
  • raising issues in Parliament relating to suicide and emotional wellbeing
  • working with local authorities to put effective suicide prevention plans in place.

Suicide prevention plans are particularly important because they identify local trends affecting deaths by suicide and then specific measures to counter them can be put in place.

Check out Samaritans’ campaign here:

http://www.samaritans.org/general-election-campaign

For further information, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.

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Notes to editors:

  • Anyone can call Samaritans: you don’t have to be suicidal. Whatever you’re going through, call us for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.
  • Samaritans responds to more than 5.4 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.  For more information please see www.samaritans.org.
  • It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope.  Find out how you can support us: http://www.samaritans.org/support-us