Stirling Observer

Samaritans spread hopeful message

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The Samaritans will be in Stirling tomorrow (Saturday) with a roadshow event to raise awareness of local support services - and to remind the public that their volunteers are there to listen 24/7.

The wellbeing event will also mark World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday, September 10, with volunteers aiming to share things in life that give them hope.

Residents will be encouraged to consider what they do to help maintain their wellbeing, in line with this year’s awareness day theme, Creating Hope Through Action.

The charity says that, with the long-term effects of the pandemic likely to be felt for several years, sharing ways of remaining hopeful could support anyone struggling to cope and be an important reminder that suicidal thoughts are not permanent.

To help, volunteers from Falkirk Samaritans will be outside The Thistles shopping centre in Stirling between 10am and 4pm to talk to locals about their services and provide emotional support to anyone who may need it.

The volunteers will be joined by representa­tives from Creative Stirling’s The Cube project, Street Pastors, Forth Valley Recovery and Change, Grow Live, with support from Police Scotland, Network Rail and British Transport Police.

Elaine Brown, NHS Forth Valley’s suicide and drug deaths strategic prevention co-ordinator, said:“The current pandemic has exacerbate­d anxieties which many people were already experienci­ng. Loneliness, loss of income and fear have become more prevalent and the need for a helping hand is more important than ever.

“Samaritans is always available, day or night, and we are pleased to support this initiative along with a number of local support services and partners. We would encourage everyone to take a few minutes to visit the Samaritans website for practical advice and tips on how to support someone who may be finding things difficult.”

Throughout World Suicide Prevention Day, Samaritans will be sharing useful content on its Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages, asking people what they do when they’re not feeling hopeful, providing tips for creating hope and sharing case studies exploring the meaning of hope.

Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, 24/7, 365 days a year, on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org.

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Support Samaritans will be sharing useful content on its Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages throughout World Suicide Prevention Day

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