Samaritans Strategy in Wales
Taking the lead to reduce suicide in Wales
A strategy for 2010 - 2015
Samaritans first ever Wales Strategy was launched by the Health and Social Services Minister Edwina Hart AM in 2010. It reinforces the value of our volunteers work and sets out the direction for Samaritans in Wales over the next 5 years.
During this period we will continue to communicate with the media and public to improve awareness of Samaritans and work to achieve our vision of reducing rates of suicide in Wales. It is important that we continue to contribute to the Wales Government’s first Suicide Reduction Strategy ‘Talk to me'.
Samaritans is a volunteer-led organisation and so it is crucial that we support our existing volunteers and increase the numbers of new volunteers that we recruit and train.
We will also look to focus our work in 3 particular areas of demand across Wales:
- We will develop our ability to support the public and professionals in areas of Wales with the highest rates of suicide, particularly in areas of social and economic deprivation
- We will work to improve awareness of Samaritans work among men in Wales, especially those between 20 and 50 years of age
- We will focus on developing the provision of relevant and up to date services in Welsh.