Samaritans get message across at bike show

Siobhan, Allana and Sinead promoting the Samaritans "Talk to Us" Campaign at the recent Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival.

Siobhan, Allana and Sinead promoting the Samaritans "Talk to Us" Campaign at the recent Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival.

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As part of the Samaritans “Talk to Us” Campaign, Ballymena branch of Samaritans attended the recent Adelaide Blackhorse Motorcycle Festival.

The well attended event at the Kings Hall in Belfast provided an excellent opportunity for volunteers to raise awareness of the campaign and the Samaritans service.

Talking about your feelings, in particular, is never easy. It is not a sign of weakness if you need to talk to someone, reaching out when you are struggling to cope takes a lot of strength.

You do not have to be suicidal to talk to Samaritans, who are there for anyone who is struggling to cope with life and will support you as you work through all your options.

Samaritans is a confidential, non-judgemental, emotional support service for anyone in the UK or Ireland. The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are finding it hard to express their feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide. Phone 08457 90 90 90 or e-mail jo@samaritans.org and a trained volunteer will always be available.

Alternatively people can drop in to the local branch at 45 Mount Street, Ballymena to have a face to face meeting. The branch is open every day between 7.45-10pm and can be contacted on 028 2565 0000.

Ballymena branch currently have approximately 65 active volunteers. There are a number of ways you can offer support without becoming a “listening” volunteer. Have YOU time to get involved in this essential cross community work? For information e-mail ballymenarecruitment@gmail.com.