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The MCF donated £56,000 to supporting Samaritan’s Local Action Saves Lives campaign

Suicide is on the rise

Over 5,000 people die by suicide every year in the England and Wales – that’s someone taking their own life every 100 minutes.

This shatters lives across communities, affecting family, friends, colleagues and witnesses. Yet fewer than 30% of people who die by suicide have been in contact with mental health services in the year before their death.

The Samaritans helpline is in greater demand than ever before and this campaign aims to make suicide prevention a priority.

Building partnerships with local authorities

Samaritans’ believes a community wide approach, reaching vulnerable people at a local level is vital to reduce suicide. They are determined that every local area in England and Wales has an effective suicide prevention plan in place.

30% of areas in England and Wales currently have little or no provision in place to support those most at risk of suicide; If local authorities are able to successfully identify those most at risk of suicide, they can then develop a tailored approach to make sure that everyone has access to the support they need.

Local Action Saves Lives

The  Local Action Saves Lives  campaign calls for local support for suicide prevention by encouraging everyone, from volunteers to the wider public, to write to their local councils asking them to make suicide prevention a priority.

As well as raising support, the campaign is helping local Samaritans branches across England and Wales to engage in their local suicide prevention groups, to influence the development of effective plans and establish groups where they don’t exist.

Get Involved

You can get involved with the Local Action Saves Lives campaign by getting in touch with your Local Authority >>

Our Impact

Ami, Enquiries Officer

I don’t know why I felt compelled to work in the charity sector – in all honesty, when I was starting my A Levels, I wanted to be a doctor! I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I…

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Paul, Fundraising Support Officer

I’m from south London, born and raised in Croydon. I worked initially in the travel industry before joining my family’s construction business, which I ran for 20 years.   I joined freemasonry in 1994 and soon became involved with masonic charity. I realised that the charity sector was where I wanted to work, but because…

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Roy, Lincolnshire

When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost of…

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Ted and Sally

After a premature birth, Ted developed cerebral palsy which means that he can’t walk or stand unaided. Sally’s father is a freemason and got in touch with us to see if we could support the family in any way. Ted now has an ‘Upsee mobility harness’ that we part funded and allows him to walk…

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