Samaritans launch awareness campaign to encourage men to seek help

Two in five (41%) men in England, Scotland and Wales aged 20-59 do not seek support when they need to, because they prefer to solve their own problems. The survey also showed that men often don’t want to feel like a burden and don’t feel their problems will be understood. Samaritans is launching a campaign, supported by National Rail, called Real People, Real Stories. The campaign sees men who have overcome tough times share their stories to encourage men, who are most at risk of suicide, to seek help by…

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Samaritans hopes to reach a broader audience with new website

The new website was launched on 12 March, along with Samaritans’ refreshed brand. The website will be easy to use and accessible to a wide audience, including young people, with a clean, modern new look. It aims to give users a clear guide and an easy journey. For example, all the emotional support information pages have been updated and now include a detailed guide about how you can help someone you are worried about. The new website will enable us to support more people, and it has been informed by…

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Samaritans to support Coffee #1 to be emotionally aware

A new partnership will see Coffee #1 aim to raise £100k over two years for Samaritans and the charity supporting its staff to be better listeners. Money raised from fundraising events and the public across all 92 Coffee #1 shops, will be used to help fund the service and ensure Samaritans volunteers are available around the clock, to provide emotional support to anyone who is going through a difficult time. Samaritans will also train Coffee #1 employees to be more emotionally aware through workshops, which aim to improve their listening…

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Idles fans raise thousands of pounds for Samaritans

An online auction of artwork, created for the Indie band IDLES’ latest album, has raised thousands of pounds for Samaritans. Fans bid for exclusive works by Idles singer Joe Talbot with other artists including former Maccabees vocalist, Orlando Weeks, along with Tom Ham and Tao Lashley-Burnley. Talbot’s front cover of ‘Joy As An Act of Resistance’ saw the highest bid, selling for a fantastic £2,450. Each piece in the collection was inspired by a track on the album, which includes the song Samaritans, which criticises ideas of masculinity that stop men speaking out and getting help when they are struggling. The artwork drew fans from across the globe when it formed the basis of pop-up…

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Gaby Roslin makes ‘Small Talk Saves Lives’ campaign travel

TV and radio presenter Gaby Roslin is all aboard Samaritans’ Small Talk Saves Lives campaign, letting commuters know they have all the experience they need to save a life. The campaign, launched by Samaritans in partnership with Network Rail, British Transport Police (BTP) and the wider rail industry, aims to prevent suicide by encouraging the public to notice if someone may be at risk and start a conversation. They can also alert a member of staff or dial 999. Gaby showed her support at London’s King’s Cross station, where she voiced a special message over the tannoy and chatted to…

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