I was on my way to get my Saturday newspaper in town when I noticed a Samaritans stand with a big dial. As I haven't done anything for this particular charity, I stopped to see what was happening and then asked one of their volunteers how it worked.
Her reply was that it was there to raise money for charity, which I'd kinda already gathered, but I persisted and found out that you paid to spin the wheel and if it landed on the 24 or the 7 (because the Samaritans are available 24/7!), then you won a prize. I paid up and mistimed my spin, resulting in such a weedy movement of the dials that they let me have another go...
You can talk to Samaritans at any time of the day or night.
If you live outside of the UK and ROI, or wish to use a language other than English, please visit www.befrienders.org to find your nearest helpline.
Common reasons to call Samaritans are:
Relationship and family problems
Loss, including loss of a job, a friend or a family member through bereavement
Job-related stress or overwork
College or study related stress
Body image issues
Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails and letters. Alternatively, you can often drop in to a branch to have a face to face meeting.
"There's very few places you can go to in the world where you can pick up a telephone and another human being, no matter why they're doing it, will listen to you unconditionally. If you want to pour out in a phonecall, they will listen for hours, for as long as you need them to."
How can I contact you?
If you would like to talk to someone on the phone, call:
08457 90 90 90 in the UK and Northern Ireland
1850 60 90 90 in the Republic of Ireland
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Prefer putting pen to paper?
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P.O. Box 90 90,
.What does Samaritans do?
Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Samaritans doesn’t offer advice, but by encouraging people who contact us to talk about their feelings we are able to help them explore all the options they have. Samaritans believes that given the time and space to work problems or difficulties through in confidence, people can find an inner strength and perspective which lets them find their own way forward.