Samaritans wins two awards at Charity Times Awards

We’re delighted to announce that Samaritans has won two awards at the prestigious Charity Times Awards!  The event celebrates best practice in the charity and not-for-profit sector and aims to raise the profile of charities and provide recognition for those that work within the industry.

Samaritans won two different awards:

  • PR Team of the Year for a charity with an income of less than £30million
  • and the Cross-Sector Partnership of the Year Award

The PR Team of the Year Award was in recognition of Samaritans' work on media guidelines for the reporting of suicide, which are in place to reduce the risk of imitational suicides.

Samaritans Listener Scheme won the Cross-Sector Partnership of the Year Award in recognition of the charity’s partnership with the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) and the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) to deliver the Listener Scheme across the UK.

Since 1991, Samaritans and the prison services have worked together to reduce suicide and self-harm. Samaritans' volunteers select and train prisoners to offer confidential emotional support to their fellow inmates.  Samaritans’ Press team has worked closely with the media for the last two decades, providing expert advice on how to safely portray suicide and self-harm.

Catherine Johnstone, Chief Executive, said: “I am always extremely proud of the work Samaritans does, but to be recognised for our work with two Charity Times Awards is a fantastic accolade.  The ‘behind the scenes’ work that our PR team undertakes around media guidelines is absolutely vital: suicide is clearly a very challenging topic to report on and if handled sensitively, the media, across all genres, can play an important role in reducing the risk of further suicides and encouraging help-seeking behaviour among those who may be suffering in silence.”

“Our peer-to-peer Listener Scheme in prisons has gone from strength to strength over the past two decades. Last year alone, more than 1,500 trained Listeners answered 75,000 requests for support from the prison population. This is an invaluable service in reducing suicides among the prison population.”

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