What does the service involve?
Samaritans offers these services to schools:
- School talks - many of our branches have volunteers who visit schools and colleges and talk to young people about emotional health and the importance of seeking help, talking and listening to others who may be going through a difficult time.
- DEAL (Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening) – free, online teaching resources to help raise awareness of emotional health amongst young people aged 14 and over. They focus on how to access and seek help, coping strategies and reducing stigma and barriers to talking about emotional health.
- Step by Step - we have a team of trained Samaritans' volunteers who can support schools and colleges in response to a suspected suicide. Our service supports the school community in coming to terms with what has happened and to reduce the risk of further suicides.
What difference does it make to people’s lives?
By working in schools and colleges, we're teaching young people how to manage challenges in the future, seek support if they need it and realise they're not alone. Our talks and teaching materials help students learn how to express themselves, build good relationships, become more self-aware and help others going through a difficult time. Educating young people on the mental health challenges faced by some people who are struggling to cope will also help to reduce stigma associated with mental health and asking for help.