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

Suicide statistics and trends for the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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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

Speaking directly with less well off middle aged men, we found out what they need from support services when they're 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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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