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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 >>

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