Written by a Samaritan Volunteer
How and why did you get involved?
- I had always done local volunteering and thoroughly enjoyed it; the sense of giving back makes you feel good inside. My friend recommended Samaritans and I went along to an information evening and decided to join. After months of training I became a Samaritan and have now been volunteering for over 3 years.
What does the role involve?
- Listening and letting people know that they are not alone and that help & support is available. There are so many great charities out there that we can call upon for support during difficult times in our lives.
What effect has covid had?
- Coronavirus is impacting all our lives, with many people feeling anxious and stressed. There no doubt that these uncertain and challenging times can affect our mental health and wellbeing. Samaritans is a critical service , needed now more than ever. We are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year nothing has changed for Samaritans during the pandemic.
What advice would you give to people feeling under pressure?
- Reach out and talk about it by Phone, Email or Letter. If not to a charity, talk to a colleague, friend or family member. Talking about things can help to explore options available and hopefully find a way forward.
The most important thing to remember is always to try and take the time to ask colleagues, friends and family just 3 small words that make a big difference…
Are you Ok?
The Samaritans will be the event charity for our webinar event on Tuesday 27th April. A donation will be made following the event but all other private donations would be gratefully received by this great charity.
If you need someone to talk to, we listen – everything is confidential.
Call: 116 123
Write: Chris, Freepost, RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO BOX 9090, Stirling FK8 2SA