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Longer-term support helps us make sure we'll always be there for anyone struggling to cope.
Demand for our support is growing all the time. In 2017, we responded to over 5 million calls for help.
The human tragedy of suicide affects so many more lives than just the one that has been lost.
For every person who takes their own life, there are friends, partners, children, relatives, carers and colleagues left behind.
Estimates say that the average number of people affected by a suicide can range from six to over sixty. Any of these people affected may need us, too.
Pass on something wonderful
A gift in your will can help us continue to provide a unique 24-hour listening service across the UK and Ireland offering emotional support.
With your help, we’ll be able to use the latest technology to ensure people can reach us in whatever way they feel most comfortable – for young people, social media and email are becoming increasingly important.
Whatever the future brings, you can help make sure we will always be there to listen.
Our promises to you
- We appreciate that your family and loved ones always come first.
- We will handle whatever gift you leave us efficiently, so that it can do the greatest good, and with the utmost care, sensitivity and respect.
- Weʼll respect your wish to assign a gift to a particular branch or aspect of our work.
- We recognise you have the absolute right to change your mind about a gift in your will, at any time.
- We understand that your will is completely personal to you. We will always respect your privacy.
Inheritance Tax is the tax that is due on your estate on your death if the value of your net estate (your estate after deduction of liabilities such as your debts, funeral costs and so on) exceeds the Inheritance Tax threshold.
If your net estate exceeds the Inheritance Tax threshold, that part of your net estate over the threshold will be liable to Inheritance Tax at a rate of 40%*.
Any gifts that you leave to charity in your will are exempt from Inheritance Tax and, accordingly, they can reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax due on your estate.
In addition, if you leave 10% or more of your net estate to a charity like Samaritans, you can opt to pay a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax of 36% on any additional part of your estate that is subject to tax*.
Inheritance Tax can be complex, but your solicitor should be able to advise you about your own position.
* The Inheritance Tax threshold is currently £325,000 (as at September 2018). The Inheritance Tax thresholds, rates and concessions described above were all correct at the time of publication, but you should speak to your solicitor or other adviser to confirm the position at the time your will is drafted.