‘Do not suf­fer in si­lence’

Char­ity’s fes­tive plea

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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 jo@samaritans.org or vis­it­ing the branch at 149 Sta­tion Road.

Photo by Chris Berry www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20149965

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