At Samaritans, we know the importance of listening, so we’re creating more opportunities for people with personal experience of using our services, and of suicide and self-harm, including those bereaved, to share their views and experiences with us.
Lived experience must be at the heart of everything we do. We want to ensure our work is informed by the experience and insights of those who need us most, who can help us achieve our vision that fewer people die by suicide
Julie Bentley, CEO.
People with lived experience have important insights that can help shape and inform our work. We’re committed to supporting people with lived experience to have their voices heard.
Join our online panel and complete surveys and polls on issues that interest you. Find out more about Samaritans’ Lived Experience Panel here.
We are also developing a range of opportunities for people with lived experience to be involved in the work that we do. These roles could include:
- Work alongside us as a project adviser
- Join a focus group or participate in a co-production workshop for a new product
- Participate in a research project
- Share your story as a case study which might be used in fundraising or media
These opportunities won't be available at the same time, so please check this page or sign up to Samaritans’ Lived Experience Panel to get information on the latest opportunities as they become available.
Lived Experience Roles - Online Safety Campaign
We are looking for people aged 18-25 years old with lived experience of self-harm and/or suicidal feelings, or those who have a friend, peer or someone close who has been at risk to co-produce our next social media campaign. This campaign will aim to help young people stay safe online when posting or viewing content relating to self-harm and suicide. You can join an online focus group and provide your ideas on how you think we should approach this issue. If you are interested in joining an online focus group, please sign up here.
Please find out more details on other opportunities and how to get involved here.
If you have any questions about Lived Experience Involvement at Samaritans, please contact us at [email protected]