Helping you support young people

Samaritans has been carrying out suicide preventation work with young people in schools and colleges for nearly 60 years.

Our work promotes positive emotional health, building resilience and seeking help when it is needed.

We have a number of resources to support the work of education professionals including: 


Free online teaching resources

DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) is a set of free online teaching resources, including lesson plans, handouts, digital resources and teacher training activities. It is aimed at education professionals who work with young people aged around 14 and over. The resources have been quality assured by the PSHE association and included in their Character Education toolkit.

Find out more about DEAL and how to use the resources.


Talks and Workshops

Many Samaritans branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland have specially trained teams of volunteers who visit schools and youth groups to deliver talks and workshops to young people. These talks are about emotional health, developing listening skills and raising awareness of what we do. 

Services vary from branch to branch. Find out more about the talks for schools we offer or request a talk.


Step by Step: Supporting the community after a suspected suicide

Nobody likes to think about a death in school. Yet suicide is a leading cause of death for young people in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Sadly, it is always a possibility that a student, parent or member of staff might take their own life.

Samaritans Step by Step service is here to support organisations working with young people so that they can respond effectively following the suspected or attempted suicide of someone from within their community; taking practical steps to reduce the risk of further deaths in the area.

Samaritans Step by Step can offer the following:

  • Response within 24 hours to a request for support
  • Information and free resources
  • Information for students on where to access emotional support
  • Emotional support to staff and parents
  • Support to senior managers for as long as there is a need
  • Postvention work with the school in the longer term providing inputs for staff on supporting the emotional health of young people

Our Step by Step leaflet ‘Information for School Staff’ can help you understand your feelings at this time and how best you can support your students.

The Help When We Needed it Most booklet is also available online, giving practical guidance on how to prepare and respond effectively to a suspected or attempted suicide in a school community.

Our Postvention Advisors can provide you and your staff with copies of these resources on request.

Contact the Step by Step team directly for support or information