Samaritans in Education
Samaritans supports schools, college communities and other youth settings across the UK and Republic of Ireland in a variety of ways:
- free online teaching resources (DEAL)
- talks given by our volunteers
- support for schools and colleges in the planning and implementation of a postvention* response (Step by Step)
Deal is a free, web based teaching resources for age 14 and above.
Volunteers around the UK and Republic of Ireland can visit your school or youth group to give talks. Find out more here.
Support for schools communities in the aftermath of an attempted or suspected suicide
Samaritans has over 60 years’ experience providing emotional support to people who are going through a difficult time. We have been carrying out preventative work with young people in schools and colleges for nearly as many years.
At Samaritans we believe educating young people about emotional health will result in improved wellbeing and better access to support, earlier. This will lead to a reduction in potential mental health issues and ultimately the numbers of suicides.
If you’re a teacher, young person, parent or carer you’ll find all you need to know about what we offer here.
In 2015 we worked in over 600 schools and talked with over 37,600 young people across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
We believe that enabling young people to express how they are feeling and seek help when needed, reduces the risk of further suicides. We do this in a number of ways:
*Postvention is the term given to activities that are intended to assist those who have been bereaved by a suspected suicide to cope with what has happened. Through Step by Step we support school communities to recover after a suspected or attempted suicide.
Samaritans’ Step by Step team supports schools in the aftermath of an attempted or suspected suicide in the community and aims to reduce the number of suicides in young people.
Through our work with schools and young people, we aim to:
- Reduce the number of young people taking their own lives
- Create an understanding of emotional health and its impact on the wellbeing of young people.
- Raise awareness of the importance of emotional support and where it can be found, enabling young people to seek support when they need it.
- Explain the value of listening.
- Encourage young people to consider calling Samaritans if they are struggling to cope.
We do not offer emotional support directly to young people in any of the settings we work in through our schools work.
If you have any queries about our work with young people, get in touch with the Education team.
If you need emotional support, please contact us on the details below.