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New Samaritans Survey and Help

“Samaritans launch new research to understand the effects of online self-harm and suicide content and how we can make the Internet a safer space for everyone.

As part of the Samaritans Online Excellence Programme, Samaritans in partnership with Middlesex University, the University of Birmingham and Canterbury Christ Church University is conducting research to better understand the nature of self-harm and suicide content online across different platforms and its impact on users, whether or not they have lived experience of self-harm and suicidal feelings.

We are inviting people who are aged 16 or over and live in the UK to take part in an anonymous online survey. This includes anyone who has ever seen, posted and/or engaged with self-harm and suicide content online. This will help us explore the nature of self-harm and suicide content online, and what is harmful or helpful for online users. Hearing your experiences will help us inform policy and make the internet a safer place for everyone. Taking part will help us make the case for better support in the future.”

The Samaritans website has lots of information such as:

How to look after yourself during the pandemic –

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-pandemic/

Self Help App to Download – “Keep track of how you’re feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis”

Research – https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/

All the many ways they can help – not just emergencies. https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/

Telephone: 116123 if you need immediate help or see their website or the “Urgent Help” page on this website for other ways to get help.

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