Samaritans launches ‘Samarathon’ to raise vital funds

Samaritans wants to motivate more people to get active to improve their mental wellbeing, rather than focus on a physical endurance challenge that requires participants to run 26.2 miles in one stretch. That’s why ‘Samarathon’ invites the nation to go at their own pace, take part this summer and raise money to help us be there for those struggling to cope. Cathy Shipton, who is well known for playing Duffy in the BBC’s medical drama series Casualty is taking part in the challenge, said: “I’m supporting Samaritans’ Samarathon 2020 because since the #stayhomesavelives advice was issued, l realise they’ll be…

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Samaritans launches Feel Good Book Club to boost wellbeing during ‘shelf-isolation’

At a time when looking after our mental health and human connection is more important than ever, the Feel Good Book Club provides an opportunity for readers to chat over a cuppa and a good wellbeing book. Award-winning author and How to Fail podcast presenter, Elizabeth Day is supporting Samaritans’ Feel Good Book Club to get the public turning pages and chatting with like-minded book lovers from the comfort of their own home. Elizabeth loves getting lost in a good book and shares how reading provides an escape from the…

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Samaritans launch new self-help app

At a time when kindness, especially to ourselves, has never been more important, Samaritans Self-Help offers people practical ways to cope and stay safe if they’re going through a difficult time. Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “We’re pleased to be able to launch our new self-help app and provide another channel of support for people during this challenging and worrying time. We know that the need for digital resources to support our mental wellbeing has never been greater, particularly when access to face-to-face support services and networks might be limited.”…

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Ad industry stars film exclusive talks from isolation to help raise money for Samaritans during coronavirus lockdown

Advertising is about sharing ideas. It’s about sharing ideas that inspire us to help others. Ideas that persuade us to think differently. Ideas that reassure us when we feel vulnerable. But while we find ourselves isolated from each other, sharing ideas is that bit harder. The Mental Health Foundation Coronavirus Study has found that almost a quarter of UK adults living under lockdown in the UK have struggled with loneliness. More than one third are worried about losing their jobs. And one fifth of those surveyed who are unemployed have…

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Samaritans and Beder unite to help more people struggling to cope

Beder, a charity dedicated to raising awareness around mental health and suicide prevention, was set up by the family of Beder Mirjan, who took his own life in 2017. Beder aims to increase awareness and understanding around mental health and suicide through exciting, unique and inspiring events and initiatives. Beder wants to help reduce the number of people suffering alone and taking their own lives. Beder organises events and initiatives in the UK and promotes wellbeing through activities across wellness and recreation in addition to providing educational and work experience…

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