New Samaritans campaign is backed by Network Rail
‘We Listen’ posters placed at stations across the country
SAMARITANS volunteers in Hillingdon are helping to promote the charity’s brand new ‘We Listen’ campaign.
Posters will be placed at railway stations across the country depicting people who claim to be fine but are not.
One states: “I’m alright with being single I guess. It’s not ideal for the kids, but they seem to be coping.” The real message being: “I’m not coping”.
Network Rail is supporting the campaign, which aims to show that while it is easy to hide your feelings, when someone really listens you are more likely to open up and start working through your problems.
Donna Harris, branch director of Samaritans, said: “Life’s pressures can build, without you even realising. It’s all too easy to turn away, ignore how you’re feeling and put on a brave face.
“But you don’t have to do that with us. Samaritans volunteers make time for you and really listen to you, because simply being listened to can help you put into words what’s really going on in your life and help you find a way through. It might be the pressures of family, relationships, work, health, finances or anything else.
“Talk to Samaritans for free from any phone, email us, text us or come into our branch in Press Road, Uxbridge and chat face to face.”
Ian Stevens, on behalf of Network Rail, added: “Thousands of people in Hillingdon travel by rail and visit stations every day, so we’re well placed to support Samaritans’ ‘We Listen’ campaign and help spread the message that you don’t have to go it alone with your troubles when life is tough.”
Volunteers will be inviting travellers to find out more about the work they do and the services they offer, and encouraging commuters to spread the word about the new campaign on social media, using the hashtag #WeListen.
Call Samaritans for free on 116 123 (you do not need credit and the number will not show up on your bill), email jo@samaritans. org, or visit samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.