Welcome to Herts & Essex Samaritans
At Herts and Essex (Ware) Samaritans we’re part of the national effort to reduce the number of people who die by suicide. In 2019, the last year for which we have figures, 5,691 people took their lives, 75% of them men. There was an overall increase of 11.8% on the previous year.
Suicide is not inevitable; it is preventable. The causes of suicide are complex, but we know it is both a gender and an inequality issue. Behind every statistic, we must never forget, is an individual with a family, and a community, devastated by their loss.
At Ware we currently have 150 listening volunteers, who spent nearly 20,000 hours on duty last year. We took nearly 30,000 calls and answered nearly 6,000 messages. More than two in five of our callers spoke about suicide.
We stay connected to our local community and made some 28,000 contacts with people at events during over 8,000 hours of outreach.
Based on National Lottery guidelines, we can say that our volunteers’ time was worth nearly £900,000 over the year. Given our operating costs of just over £26,000, every pound we spent creates £35 of value in pursuit of our mission to reduce the number of people who die by suicide, so we believe we put our donations to good use.
You can support us by texting WAREIMPACT to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus your standard message rate.
We welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to become a listening volunteer or support volunteer at our branch. We have a waiting list that prospective volunteers are welcome to join and we will move as quickly as possible to get prospective listening volunteers selected and trained. For now, selection and training is all virtual.
We’re grateful to all those who have volunteered and were selected but have been unable to progress to becoming a Samaritan for staying committed. Because of what is happening all around us, many people are seeing the need for our service and getting in touch to volunteer to deliver it. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
Our privacy statement
At Samaritans, privacy is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to protecting your privacy and the personal information that we hold. Read our privacy statement here.