Samaritans in schools

Samaritans supports young people in schools in a number of different ways:

  1. Giving talks in schools
  2. Teaching resources about emotional health (DEAL)
  3. A suicide response service to support secondary school communities in the aftermath of suicide (Step by Step)

Teaching resources for schools

Samaritans DEAL programme (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a resource for schools, designed to improve the emotional health of 14-16 year olds and develop the skills that young people need to cope with life's challenges. It consists of a set of videos, staff training activities, lesson plans and supporting resources for schools.

DEAL can also be used to discuss challenging topics like depression and self-harm in an open and positive way.

DEAL is shortly to be updated, but current material is available for download.

Step by Step

Samaritans is offering a suicide response service to support secondary school communities in the aftermath of suicide.

Delivered by specialist volunteers in partnership with the community, Step by Step aims to equip and support schools to be prepared for, respond to and recover from a completed or attempted suicide.

By working with schools, families, young people and the community, we hope to prevent further suicides and the exacerbation of self-harming behaviour.