Samaritans‘Talk To Us’ if you need support
Ballymena Samaritans has launched ‘Talk To Us’ to raise awareness of its round-the-clock emotional support services and to encourage people to get in touch if they need support.
Since lockdown in March, Samaritans volunteers suggest that one in three callers talk about coronavirus with many people feeling more anxious and distressed than before the pandemic. Volunteer surveys which gathered over 3,000 responses, also found the most common concerns related to coronavirus are around loneliness, isolation, mental health and illness, family, finances and unemployment.
Jacquie, Branch Director at Ballymena Samaritans, said: “Our volunteers have been working day and night to be there for anyone who is struggling in these uncertain and challenging times. Lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on everyday life for many people, as we’ve been hearing over the past few months and our volunteers have been a much-needed source of support for those whose networks haven’t been available during the pandemic. We will listen, without judging and help you to explore all the options open to you. Samaritans aim is to prevent death by suicide so if you are struggling to cope why not “Talk to Us”.
“Our outreach work and fundraising activity remains on hold across the country until further notice, but we hope that the public can continue to support us in any way they can, to ensure that our volunteers can continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.”
Samaritans is also marking 24/7 across the UK and Ireland as one of the most important day in the organisation’s charity’s calendar which it uses to help spread the message that volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling –day or night, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email [email protected]
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