Samaritans on hand this festive season
People offered help over Christmas and New Year
THE festive season can be anything but that for many people facing loneliness, emotional turmoil and stress.
Hillingdon Samaritans will be available all through the festive season on 01895 253355.
Volunteers will be available round the clock, providing a safe space for anyone who needs to talk.
More than 45 per cent of men who responded to an online survey by Samaritans said they felt more worried at Christmas than other times of the year, and while many people will be spending the holidays with friends and family, more than a third of male respondents admitted to feeling lonely at Christmas.
However, men are also much less likely than women to have a positive view of counselling or therapy, and when they do use these services, it is at the point of crisis.
The charity is encouraging men to seek help and consider calling Samaritans if things are getting to them over the festive period.
Branch director Donna Harris said: “Many of our callers have told us that Christmas is a tough time for them, which is why our volunteers will be available round the clock, for anyone who is struggling to cope, including on Christmas Day.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the inspirational people who keep our service running every single day of the year when many others are closed.”
Ray, who will be volunteering on Christmas Day, said: “We answer lots of calls over the Christmas period and many of those are from men who feel like their family would be better off without them.
“That’s why it’s so important that Samaritans volunteers like me are there for those men when they need to talk and anyone who needs us over this period.”
You can help Samaritans answer every phone call over Christmas and the New Year by donating just £4. Go to w w w. s a m a r i t a n s. o r g / donate.