Outreach

Outreach is an activity providing services to populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. A key component of outreach is that the groups providing it are not stationary, but mobile; in other words they are meeting those in need of outreach services at the locations where those in need are (Wikipedia, 2014).

Dear Reader,

What do we do at the Chilterns Samaritans?

The most significant difference between our shifts at the branch and our Outreach activities is that we actively approach people. By asking them how they are or how they are feeling we enable people to share their feelings with us.

We regularly attend village fairs and markets in the region to raise awareness of our service and we frequently give talks to local businesses, schools and clubs.

Our aim is to raise awareness of our services in the local community. If you are interested in finding out what our outreach team can offer you or your organisation, I’d be very happy to discuss that with you.

Kind regards

Susan Smith

Deputy Director Outward Focus

E-mail: Outreach@chilternsams.co.uk

Our Mission Statement

  • Be available 24 hours a day to provide emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of emotional distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. We also support callers with mental health issues.
  • Reach out to high risk groups and communities to reduce the risk of suicide.
  • Work in partnership with other organisations, agencies and experts.
  • Influence public policy and raise awareness of the challenges of reducing suicide.

 

Schools: Developing Emotional Awareness and Learning (DEAL)

Suicide forms a high proportion of all deaths among young people. On average, four young people aged 10-19 years die by suicide each week in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Many of these young people are in full time education.

 
DEAL
Samaritans has developed a school resource called Developing Emotional Awareness & Learning (DEAL).
 
The DEAL programme helps schools develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that young people need to cope with the challenges in life and look after their emotional health and wellbeing.
 
DEAL is primarily a teaching resource for secondary school staff and can be used as part of a whole school approach to emotional health and wellbeing. It aims to promote emotional health of young people aged 14-16 through:
  • Promoting emotional health awareness and challenging stigma around emotional health problems
  • Developing healthy coping skills
  • Promoting knowledge of sources of support and improving attitudes to help seeking.

 

DEAL materials are designed not just for use by PSHE specialists, but also by generalist teachers, form tutors or pastoral staff, and can be used as a series of lessons or as part of a collapsed curriculum day.
 
DEAL can also be used by anyone working with young people aged 14-16 in an educational / health context, (Youth Workers, Mentors, Pupil referral Units, Primary care workers, including Samaritans volunteers working with young people.
 
If you would like more details about this resource please contact Chiltern Samaritans at Outreach@chilternsams.co.uk
 
 
Step by Step: A Suicide Response Service to Schools
Step by Step consists of a suicide response service to schools and a set of online resources, which together provide practical support and guidance to school communities to reduce the risk of self-harm and suicide among young people.
 
The Step by Step service is offered by trained specialist volunteers, called Step by Step Coordinators, who can support schools after an attempted or completed suicide. Our Step by Step Coordinators also work proactively with schools, local authorities and other appropriate agencies to prevent suicides.
 
Samaritans Step by Step service is designed to:
  • Ensure school communities are equipped to respond effectively to an attempted or completed suicide
  • Enable the school community to recover
  • Prevent the formation of suicide clusters.
 
If you would like to know more about this service please contact Chiltern Samaritans at Outreach@chilternsams.co.uk
 
 
School Talks

Samaritans are fully aware of the pressures young people face during their teenage years whether it is worrying about school work and exams; parental pressure; parents splitting up; sibling rivalry; experimenting with their own sexuality; drugs and alcohol consumption; self-harm. The list goes on.

These pressures can lead to feelings of low self-worth, depression, eating disorders, self-harm and ultimately suicidal feelings. This pressure can also have a major impact on teachers and support staff, who are faced with trying to guide the youngsters through their time of emotional distress.

Samaritans are aware that there are many schools within Buckinghamshire, who are not aware of the level of service we offer. We have a dedicated team of fully trained volunteers who either by phone, email, text or face to face, enable callers to our service, time to explore their feelings and emotions in a safe place.
 
We already have a close association with some schools in Buckinghamshire but are keen to develop links with many more, to promote the work we do, and perhaps provide your school with an enhanced support network.
 
We can provide this support by:
 
  • Posters and leaflets for display in common rooms and on notice boards
  • Talking to pupils in a school assembly or in small groups.
  • Supporting and enabling pupils to signpost friends and other pupils to our service.
  • Provide staff with information or workshops.
 
If you would like to discuss how Samaritans can help please contact Outreach@chilternsams.co.uk
 
 
Speakers for your Club or Group

Are you looking for a speaker to give a talk at your club or group? If so Samaritans would be happy to help. We can give a talk tailored to your needs about the work we do. We do not charge for this service but are always happy to receive a small donation to cover travel costs.

 
If you would like a speaker please contact Chiltern Samaritans at Outreach@chilternsams.co.uk
 
How We Reduce Suicide

We believe that providing someone with the opportunity to frankly and honestly explore difficult feelings, without fear of judgement, can provide relief from distress. By helping people to understand their feelings and explore their options we enable them to find their own way forward without taking control away from them.

We often work with those who feel they cannot talk to anyone else - either because they don't have someone they trust or because they do not want to worry those around them.

Our phone, email, text and face-to-face support services are available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. This is important as it is often when most services are closed that people struggle to get support.

Improving understanding and reducing stigma

One thing that can stop someone coming forward and seeking help is the fear that they will be perceived as 'weak' or that people will think there is something 'wrong' with them. This is a case where stigma can literally kill.

We work with other agencies to try to improve people's understanding of emotional health. We do this through our work in schools, workplaces and the media.

What should I do if I know someone who is feeling suicidal?

Talking about feelings can make all the difference between choosing to live or die. Supporting someone in distress can be very difficult for you too. If you're helping someone who feels suicidal please take care of yourself as well.

If someone is talking about suicide always take it seriously. If you feel able to, offer support and encourage them to talk about how they're feeling. Ask direct questions and don't be afraid of frank discussions.

Ask the person how they are feeling and listen to the answer. Remember that it is difficult to support someone who is suicidal on your own. Encourage your friend to seek emotional support and talk to someone they trust - maybe friends, family, medical services, or Samaritans.