‘Do not suffer in silence’
Charity’s festive plea
A CHARITY is encouraging lonely people to talk to them over the festive period rather than suffer in silence.
The Chiltern Samaritans, based in Amersham, wants people to pick up the phone or go and visit them if they are feeling isolated.
Director of the Chiltern Samaritans Geoffrey Stone said: “When there are difficulties in families like separations and divorce, Christmas exuberates the sort of isolation that people are feeling.
“In particular, there are a lot of men who are separated from their children. It is usually fathers who have more difficulty in being close to their children after a separation. Males between the ages of 30 to 45 are also more vulnerable to depression.”
The director added: “Men are three times more likely to die through suicide than women and therefore if they are forced to be separate from loved ones and children at this very family time of the year, they are exceptionally vulnerable.”
Last year Samaritans nationally took 244,000 calls between December 18 and New Year’s Day. In Amersham, the branch took about 700.
You can get in touch by calling 01494 432 000, emailing email@example.com or visiting the branch at 149 Station Road.
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