We have been checking the statistics for the number of letters received from prisons. As you probably know prisoners are six times more likely to take their own life than the rest of society.
For the first four months, Samaritans Correspondence branch received less letters from prisoners compared to previous years but more letters from prisoners writing to us for the first time. Over the coming months we'll be trying to find out why that is.
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all Samaritans who visit prisoners. Their work in making sure that confidential free-post envelopes are made available is a life line to people spending time in prison.
You can find more information on our work in prisons here.
Doreen, Samaritans Correspondence Branch Prison Co-ordinator