The Samaritans offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way about whatever’s getting to you. They are ready to listen 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles. For some, they are the only place they can turn to without fear of judgement.
Sadly, not everyone is lucky enough to have a good support network around them when they feel completely overwhelmed. For some, they may not feel that they can speak to their family and friends without being embarrassed or for fear of being judged. In reality, we have no idea about the battles some people are fighting on a daily basis.
The Samaritans have really helped me in the past when I felt like I had nobody to turn to. They provided me with a listening ear at a time when I was severely isolated and struggling to cope. I admit I’m not the best conversation starter. I was really nervous when I first rang them as I had no idea what I was going to say, how I was going to feel or whether the conversation would flow smoothly without any awkwardness. It took me a whole 30 minutes before I finally found the courage to press the dial button. My heart skipped a beat as someone at the other end of the line answered… “Samaritans, how can I help you?” I’m sure most of them are used to first time callers and making the person at the other end of the phone feel at ease. It wasn’t long before I felt more comfortable and was able to talk about what was bothering me. At the time, it was just being able to hear a supportive voice which gave me that little bit of strength to keep going. I was grateful for the fact that I was able to speak to another human being in a world that seemed completely void of life. I didn’t tell anyone about that conversation. I just know that it gave me what I needed at the time to keep going and that I somehow wasn’t alone even if it was for just those 5 minutes in time.
I know that every person is different and some people may feel it is too difficult to pick up the phone. You may prefer to write down your thoughts and feelings rather than say them. The volunteers at the samaritans answer approximately 600 emails a day! You can send them an email and they will aim to give you a reply in 24 hours.
If you would rather go and speak to someone face to face you can also go and visit your local branch. You can find out more information on their website which is listed on the useful links page. The samaritans help a lot of people (including me) and I would definitely recommend giving them a try. Whatever you’re going through, call them free any time, from any phone. Remember, you are not alone🌈