Samaritans in Wales reach out on St David’s Day with help of Nigel Owens MBE

Samaritans branches across Wales will be at their local train stations for St David’s Day today to raise awareness of their help seeking service. Whilst many people are aware of Samaritans national emotional support service, Samaritans Cymru are using St David’s Day to increase awareness of its Welsh Language free to caller number for Welsh speakers.

Samaritans also want people across Wales to know that you can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. They are there to listen. There is no typical reason someone might call us, just as there's no typical person who contacts Samaritans.

Common reasons people contact Samaritans are -  relationship and family problems, bereavement, financial worries, job, college or study-related stress, loneliness and isolation, depression, painful and/or disabling physical illness, alcohol and/or drug problems and thoughts of suicide.

Nigel Owens MBE, a supporter of Samaritans said -

“I’m proud to be supporting Samaritans Cymru for St David’s Day. It’s really important that we promote their free Welsh Language number for Welsh speakers. Samaritans are there for those who are struggling to cope and that includes communities right across Wales. 

In the past, when I was suffering with personal issues, I wish I had of been more aware of charities like Samaritans who are always there to help. If I had, perhaps I wouldn’t have ended up in such a dark place and so close to losing my life”

Branches in Wales involved in the Wales-wide event today include Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bridgend and Haverford West. They will all be at railway stations in their local communities or nearby – look out for the green t-shirts!

Geraint Morgan, Community Relations Manager for Arriva Trains Wales, said –

“The rail industry cares about the wellbeing and safety of its customers and staff and we are pleased to be supporting Samaritans as they promote their Welsh and English language helplines and the valuable support provided by their volunteers.”

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill) or call the Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (This number is free to call and open from 7pm - 11pm 7 days a week) You can also email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch in Wales.

 

Notes to Editors:

  • For more information and interviews, please contact Emma Harris, Policy and Communications Officer on e.harris@samaritans.org or 029 2022 2008.
  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill) or call the Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (This number is free to call and open from 7pm - 11pm 7 days a week) You can also email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.