Samaritans Ireland strategic delivery plan: Tackling suicide together

Monday 6 June 2022

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Chapter 1: About this document

The Samaritans Strategic Delivery Plan for Ireland 2022–27 should be read alongside the Samaritans 2022­–27 strategy which set outs the direction of travel for our organisation across all five jurisdictions in which we operate: Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales.

The delivery objectives set out in this document are specific to Samaritans Ireland and will be delivered alongside wider organisational developments to meet our ultimate aim that fewer people die by suicide.

We will provide a review of our progress against these Samaritans Ireland-specific objectives each year and will publish an updated Ireland delivery plan in spring 2024, focused on the final three years of the overall Samaritans strategy.

The five-year strategy has a number of important elements. The most important to me are that we continue to be there for anyone who needs us and help to ensure that fewer people die by suicide. I feel that capacity is very important and that as we grow our volunteer base, we must also ensure that we look after all our volunteers and give them the supports that they need.

Rory Fitzgerald, Regional Director, Republic of Ireland (RoI), and volunteer with Samaritans Waterford & South East

The Ireland strategy will ensure we continue to provide the emotional support that we have across the Irish region and that we will try to support even more vulnerable groups. In Northern Ireland our own Action Plan – which compliments the Ireland Strategy – will focus on greater levels of emotional support for vulnerable and isolated groups across the country.”

Alan Heron, Regional Director, Northern Ireland (NI), and volunteer with Belfast Samaritans

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