Our policy and research

We’re researching the factors that drive suicide and using it to recommend the policy changes needed to save more lives.

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Suicide facts and figures

We're the only organisation collating suicide data for all UK nations and the Republic of Ireland. Read our key findings and trends by age, gender and region, and download our annual Suicide Statistics Report.

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Our latest work

Read and download our most recent reports, briefings and research.

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National and local suicide prevention plans

We’re working with governments across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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Support for people who self-harm

Our report, Pushed from pillar to post, shows that there is no consistently effective support available to people who self-harm.

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Inequality and suicide

Our report finds that deprivation, debt and inequality can increase suicide risk.

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Understanding our callers during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is having profound social, psychological and economic impacts all over the world.

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The internet and suicide

The role online content can play in suicide risk and self harm is complex. Read about our research and recommendations for online safety.

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Young people and suicide

Many young people say they often feel lonely and that it's difficult to get the help and support they need.

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Middle-aged men and suicide

Middle-aged men are more likely to die by suicide than any other age group. We have conducted years of research to explore what can be done to better support men who are struggling.

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Alcohol and suicide

People who misuse alcohol are at greater risk of suicide, so it's essential they get the support and services they need to manage this.

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Prisons and suicide

People in prison are significantly more likely to die by suicide than people in the general population.

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Understanding our services

Research shows the impact of Samaritans services for people in emotional distress.

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Suicide bereavement services

The impact of suicide can be complex and acute.

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Gender and suicide

Suicide is a gendered problem. An in-depth understanding of the role of gender as a factor influencing suicide risk is key to improving suicide prevention for both, men and women.

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Gambling-related harms and suicide

Samaritans is undertaking a programme of work around suicide and gambling-related harms. Read our policy position here.

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Current tenders for research and evaluation projects

We commission numerous research and evaluation projects each year.

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The whole spectrum of support, from self-care to healthcare, urgently needs improvement to ensure the availability and suitability of help for everyone who needs it.

Samaritans 2020 Report: 'Pushed from pillar to post'

Read our research