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Samaritans volunteers offer a listening ear at wellbeing event in High Wycombe on Tuesday 29th March 2022

| March 27, 2022

(Image supplied by Samaritans / Simon Way Photography)

On Tuesday 29th March 2022, Samaritans is running a roadshow event in High Wycombe.

The event will raise awareness of local mental health support services available to the community and to remind the public that whatever they’re facing, Samaritans volunteers are there to listen 24/7.

The challenges that people face up and down the country have been felt even more deeply over the last two years, as the pandemic has had a profound impact on the nation’s mental health.

Samaritans 20,000 volunteers across the UK have continued to provide emotional support throughout the pandemic, responding to 10,000 calls for help every day. With easing restrictions and continued change, the charity’s services are needed now more than ever.

To help, volunteers from Chiltern Samaritans will be at High Wycombe Market between 8.00am and 4.00pm to talk to locals about their services and provide emotional support to anyone who may need it.

Visitors will find the volunteers at the charity’s Real People, Real Stories campaign roadshow trailer which displays inspirational quotes from men who have successfully overcome tough times of their own. As this group is most at risk of suicide, the campaign aims to encourage others to seek help by calling Samaritans on 116 123.

Stephen Weir, Director of Chiltern Samaritans branch, said: ‘The pandemic’s challenges are continuing and won’t immediately ease off with restrictions lifting. Therefore, it’s vitally important we do everything we can to help anyone who needs support.

The volunteers at Chiltern Samaritans are really looking forward to being out within the community and talking to people at the roadshow. We’re here for anyone and we know how powerful human connection can be – both for the other person’s mental health and your own too. It’s important to reach out for a chat with someone you care about – whether that’s in person or over the phone, it’s about taking the time to be there for each other, which could potentially save a life.

Angela Macpherson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Buckinghamshire Council, said: ‘The Samaritans is an amazing charity staffed by volunteers who have for many years diligently provided help and support to people suffering personal crises. Their help has been particularly needed during the Covid pandemic, as many people have unfortunately struggled with their physical and mental health.

I’d urge any residents looking for mental and emotional support for themselves or someone they care about to come along to meet and chat with the volunteers at the roadshow. It’s also a great opportunity for those interested in volunteering with the Samaritans to find out more.

Further information about Samaritans or to make a donation and find out other ways you can support Amersham Samaritans can be found on the Samaritans website at https://www.samaritans.org/branches/amersham.

Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, 24/7, 365 days a year, on 116 123, email [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.org.

*Source of article : Press release from the Samaritans.

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