You can make an amazing difference at Samaritans helping to support people when they need someone to talk to or when they are going through a difficult time in their life.
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News from Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall that a record 606 people took their own lives in 2016/17, up from 579 the previous year and 564 the year before that, shows that how this country is tackling suicide is not working.
Lorna has been an active Samaritans volunteer since 1980. In her 37 years of service she has undertaken a variety of roles, starting as a telephone listener and becoming what was then called a Director (now Shift Leader) in 1995. Lorna has recently retired from being a shift leader and looks forward to simply being a telephone listener in future.
Media release: 9 August 2017
Samaritans, at the frontline of suicide prevention, has welcomed news Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is reconsidering setting a target to reduce suicide rates in New Zealand.
“Suicide is devastating and in New Zealand it is widely known that we have one of the worst youth suicide rates in the developed world,” Samaritans Wellington Chair, Peter Barker, said.
Media release: 7 August 2017
Samaritans, at the frontline of suicide prevention in New Zealand for more than 50 years, are struggling to survive financially, Samaritans Wellington Chair, Peter Barker, said.
Having the worst teen suicide rate in the developed world is the most glaring symptom of New Zealand’s mental health crisis, but the 30,000 calls Samaritans take annually, tell us of a multitude of other symptoms, Barker said.
Want to make a difference in people's lives when they need it most? Apply now to become a volunteer telephone listener for Samaritans.
Samaritans of Wellington are seeking volunteers to answer calls to our helpline for those feeling depressed, lonely or suicidal.