“We’re hear for you”

 

This July Samaritans is reminding the public that its volunteers are here around the clock to offer a listening ear to anyone who is struggling to cope.

Amid continuing uncertainty, Samaritans is highlighting the power of talking as part of the charity’s annual Talk to Us awareness campaign which takes place throughout July.

As part of Talk to Us month, branches across the UK and Ireland will mark Samaritans Awareness Day on Sunday 24 July, one of the most important days in the charity’s calendar, to help spread the message that volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Our volunteers at Bedford will be at the Bedford River Festival on 23rd and 24th July to encourage the community to reach out for help

Bedford volunteers will be at Bedford rail station on July 12th and 16th, Sandy rail station on July 19th and Flitwick rail station on July 21st to talk to local commuters and raise awareness.

 

Samaritans has worked in partnership with Network Rail and the wider rail industry for over 10 years, providing support and vital suicide prevention training to help staff identify vulnerable people and save lives. To date, more than 25,000 rail and British Transport Police staff have been trained.

It’s been a challenging few years and we know that many people are still facing all kinds of pressure, however, we want to remind the public that they are not alone. It doesn’t matter how great or small the problems feel, our volunteers are here at any time of day or night on 116 123 (free), whatever they are facing.

We have also had a major incident recently in Bedford that has affected the local community – so this message is particularly for those individuals affected who need to talk to someone to contact us. Bedford Samaritans, alongside other voluntary groups, has been offering emotional support at the Assistance Centre and through the Samaritans helpline.

Samaritans’ volunteers across the UK and Republic of Ireland spent over one million hours responding to calls for help last year and continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope. Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email jo@samaritans.org.

For more information on how to get involved visit www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/talk-us/ or join in the conversation on social media using #TalkToUs. The local contact is: bedford.outreach@samaritans.org.