Some­one to lis­ten

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A cam­paign by the Sa­mar­i­tans is en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to make small talk with peo­ple on train plat­forms who they fear may be sui­ci­dal.

The num­ber of peo­ple stepping in over the last year re­port­edly in­creased by 20%, sug­gest­ing we’re more will­ing to get in­volved when we see oth­ers in dif­fi­culty.

A few months ago I read about a teenage girl in Sun­der­land who lives near a bridge which a num­ber of peo­ple have used to com­mit sui­cide.

Her in­spir­ing re­sponse was to at­tach lit­tle notes with pos­i­tive mes­sages along the bridge re­mind­ing peo­ple they’re not alone and things will get bet­ter.

Some­times just a small ges­ture can make such a dif­fer­ence.

Par­tic­u­larly in big cities, we can get wrapped up in our own world. Head­phones dis­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion, and our ob­ses­sion with our phones mean we are con­stantly look­ing down and miss­ing so much of what’s go­ing on around us.

Lone­li­ness is a much big­ger is­sue than ever be­fore. We re­ally must all try harder to help oth­ers.

The pos­i­tive thing about the Sa­mar­i­tans’ cam­paign is that it is wak­ing peo­ple up to the fact that ap­proach­ing some­one in trou­ble is the right thing to do.

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