To reduce suicide, we believe we must:
- Work with healthcare organisations to ensure mental and physical health are treated as equally important
- Work in local areas to establish suicide prevention plans across the UK
- Tackle alcohol misuse
- Help to make Samaritans telephone service free
That's why we're asking the next UK Government to stand with us so that we can help reduce suicide and support those who need our help.
Why things needs to change
More than 6,000 people die by suicide every year in the UK. Nearly 80% are men and male suicide rates are now at their highest level since 2001.
Suicide rates are at their highest since 2001. Our research shows that those most at risk are people who are:
- less well off
- live in the poorer areas of the UK
Samaritans is, and always has been, committed to working towards suicide reduction. But we can't do it alone.
We want to work with communities and healthcare organisations, to give people the best chance to turn their lives around if they are struggling. It's our ambition to be there for anyone who needs us, whenever and however they need - free of charge.
We need your help
Samaritans' helpline was the first in the UK to offer round the clock support. Since 1953, we've helped millions of people struggling to cope. But we want to do more. Help us provide a free service to everyone who needs us.
We want to offer free calls to everyone and would like the future UK Government to help us achieve this.
#SupportFreeCall - sign our petition today - and help us be there when it matters. Or join our Thunderclap to show your support on social media.
Find out more about our current call charges and what we're doing towards making all calls to Samaritans free of charge: http://bit.ly/WLypph
Read our Manifesto
You can read Four Steps to Change Lives in the interactive reader below, or you can download a PDF version.