Men are three to four times more likely to take their own lives than women*. Samaritans’ Real People, Real Stories (RPRS) campaign aims to raise awareness of our service and encourage men to seek help
This year, our Real People, Real Stories campaign returns on 1 March 2022 and will run until 21 March 2022.
Supported by The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust and the Scottish Government**, Samaritans will be targeting men aged 18-65 in rural communities across the UK, who are finding life tough.
Throughout March, Samaritans Central Office will be promoting positive stories of hope and recovery from men in these communities who have overcome tough times by seeking help and talking about how they’re feeling, to encourage others to do the same.
*C. Simms et al., ‘Suicide Statistics Report: Latest Statistics for the UK and Republic of Ireland.’ (Surrey, UK: Samaritans, 2019)
On Tuesday 1st March 2022, our Branch Director, Phil Gray will be talking about the campaign on Radio Cumbria.
You can find out more about this campaign on:
Please listen to:
Michael's story: https://youtu.be/DU3A62K3oyU
Sam's story: https://youtu.be/4gn8mY38bKU
I think speaking to men, especially in rural communities, it’s probably the only way that blokes like me will actually talk. Knowing Samaritans is there, that’s your first step.