Press release: Samaritans Call to Action for suicide prevention

On the day that Government launches a new consultation on preventing suicide, Samaritans is appealing to all national organisations to pledge their support and join in the Call to Action for suicide prevention in England.

The Call to Action will have four main aims:

  • To raise awareness of the issue of suicide
  • To enable stakeholders to define and commit to key priorities for suicide prevention and to support people affected by suicide
  • To enable stakeholders to share what action they are currently undertaking or plan to undertake to reduce the likelihood of suicide occurring and to improve support for people affected by suicide, by publically stating or pledging their contribution to preventing suicide
  • To create an opportunity for stakeholders to talk to each other, join up work and coordinate future action.
    Speaking about the Call to Action, Samaritans’ Chief Executive, Catherine Johnstone, said:

“We whole-heartedly welcome the Government’s new commitment to preventing suicide. Death by suicide means a lost life, lost talent, a lost parent, sibling or child, and a wound that does not easily heal in families and communities. In order to reduce death by suicide we need collaboration, coordination and action from many stakeholders across all sectors.

“Because a wide range of factors contribute to suicidal behaviour, we are calling on the public, voluntary and private sectors alike to show their commitment by joining in the Call to Action for suicide prevention in England. By working together we can achieve more.”

To find out more about the Call to Action, visit


Notes to Editors

For more information about Samaritans Call to Action for Suicide Prevention, please see the full press release.

For more information about the work of the charity please contact Sal Lalji on 020 8394 8300 or email

  1. To contribute to the Government’s consultation, go to: [insert URL]  before [when does the consultation close?]
  2. Samaritans is available round the clock to offer confidential support to anyone struggling to cope or feeling suicidal, by phone 08 457 90 90 90, email or face-to-face at one of our branches, visit for details of your local branch.