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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.
Samaritans Lived Experience Panel Newsletter - 'You said, we listened'
In May we launched the Lived Experience Panel, increasing the opportunities for people with personal experience of suicide, self-harm, or Samaritans’ service use to have their voices heard. This newsletter shares findings from the surveys so far and how panel member contributions have helped shape and inform Samaritans’ work.
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 that might be used in fundraising or media
Currently, we don't have any lived experience opportunities open, but they will be listed here as soon as they become available.
We recently closed applications for the Strategy Advisory Group and unfortunately are unable to accept further applications.
Future opportunities will be shared on this page or you can sign up to Samaritans’ Lived Experience Panel to get information on the latest opportunities as they become available.
If you have any questions about Lived Experience Involvement at Samaritans, please contact us at [email protected]