Charity praised for saving suicidal son
AMOTHER has thanked the Samaritans for saving the life of her suicidal teenage son.
In a heartfelt letter sent to the Express the woman said the conversation between her son and a volunteer at the charity, which runs a helpline for people in emotional distress, had prompted him to change his mind.
In a moving conclusion, the anonymous writer signed off the letter as ‘a mother who was nearly not one’. Praising the work of the charity she said she wanted her letter to ‘widen awareness of the struggles of young people’ and to spread the word that ‘no one is ever alone’.
She said: “A few months ago my son reached breaking point and was in the process of taking his own life. He was ashamed and wouldn’t turn to myself or his family. In the final stages of his attempt he reached out, but not to us. He rang the Samaritans.
“It was that conversation that he had with them that prompted him to reconsider his choice and act before it was too late.
“My disbelief came when the hospital called me to tell me what had happened. At that moment my heart shattered into a thousands pieces.”
The woman said her son is recovering but still speaks to the Samaritans.
She added: “Other people’s sons and daughters must feel the pressure of school work, bullies, money, relationships, feeling inadequate and scared of failing.
“My son found the Samaritans number on Google by accident but it was that which saved his life.
“I think it is something you can educate people on as you have the means to reach many families or individuals.
“To spread the word that no one is ever alone, that a stranger’s voice when you are in despair could be the key to help you crawl out.”
Phil Borrows, director of the Macclesfield branch of the Samaritans, said he was pleased volunteers had helped the teenager.
He added: “We are always grateful for recognition for the work we do. Young lads have lots of issues but often don’t want to talk about them.
“Our services, which run 24/7, include the telephone helpline, email and face-to-face, are designed to listen and offer words of sympathy and empathy. We don’t give advice.”
There are 80 volunteers at the Macclesfield branch on Boden Street, aged between 20 and 80 years old and from all walks of life.
To get involved as a volunteer call 01625 426000. For the Samaritans’ helpline call 08457 909090.
●● The Samaritans has been praised for saving the life of a teenager in crisis