Samaritans supports safer internet day

Samaritans, the leading suicide prevention charity, is showing its support for Safer Internet Day (Tuesday, February 10), an initiative to help promote safe behaviour on the web and make the online environment safer for vulnerable people.  

Joe Ferns, Executive Director of Policy, Research & Development at Samaritans, said: “We know people increasingly use the internet to talk about their feelings and problems when they’re having a difficult time. But people use the internet in different ways, for some, this is about expressing themselves somewhere they feel comfortable; for others there can also be a hope someone will reach out and offer support. 

In order to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the online environment we need to expand the availability of support for people struggling to cope whilst also encouraging social networks, search engine providers and online news media outlets to develop responsible practices which reduce the availability of harmful content and promote sources of support.”

People can contact us by phone on 08457 90 90 90, email jo@samaritans.org or find the details for your local branch at www.samaritans.org.”

For more information about the work of Samaritans, please contact Kristy MacLeod in the Samaritans Press Office on 020 8394 8300 or email press@samaritans.org

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Notes to editors:

  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 08457 90 90 90 (UK) 116 123 (ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.