Our strategic principles guide everything we do at Samaritans. They are at the heart of the way we work and behave.
Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
We will break down barriers to make Samaritans more diverse and inclusive, both through our people, but also in who we connect with and support, making sure that we are responding to people’s needs in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them and their circumstances.
We will ensure the voice of people with experience of suicidal feelings, suicide attempts, self-harm, or bereavement by suicide is central to and shapes all our services, products, campaigns and activities.
Safety and quality
We will ensure a safe, effective and positive experience for all those who come into contact with our services. We will continue to focus on safety and quality, including safeguarding children and adults at risk of harm who seek support from us. We will always look to exceed the expectations of people we support.
We will use research, evidence, insight and data to inform all our services, activities and digital offerings. Where evidence is not available or clear, we will look to work with partners to fill those gaps.
Vocal and visible
We will never shy away from raising our voice and campaigning on issues that matter to us, particularly those that directly or indirectly impact people’s risk of suicide, such as inequality, deprivation, prejudice and unfair treatment.
Innovation and technology
We will encourage innovation and keep pace with developments, so that we can offer up-to-date and responsive services to the people who contact us, and the most effective platforms for our people.
We will build a sustainable approach as we embrace hybrid working and volunteering and develop a better understanding of our energy footprint.