Meet the people that have been helped by Samaritans. These stories are real reminders that, step-by-step, we all have what it takes to overcome what’s troubling us.
Meet Ella: “My raison d'etre is to listen”
When Ella lost her cousin to suicide, it bought to the surface her desire to help and she became a Samaritans listening volunteer.
Meet Elsa: "No one should ever feel so negatively about themselves that they believe they deserve to hurt themselves."
Elsa shares her experience with self-harm and how she creates a positive online environment for support.
Meet Faye: " Talking about things can help find the answers you're looking for."
Faye struggled with self-harm from the age of 13. With support from Samaritans, Faye found a new perspective.
Meet Roxy. “I have no shame that Samaritans were there for me at a difficult time."
Reaching her lowest, Roxy called Samaritans. Years later in 2021, after a close friend took her life during the pandemic, Roxy signed up to be a listening volunteer.
Meet Ian: “I felt as though I was sinking. Now – I’m a swimmer.”
Ian experienced bad anxiety and rang Samaritans -a call he describes as a lifesaver in a very dark time.
Meet Heldiney: “After calling Samaritans, I wanted to carry that good forward. So I became a volunteer.”
After going through a break-up, Heldiney called Samaritans. The conversation with a volunteer inspired him to become a volunteer himself. Now, Heldiney is Branch Director of Waltham Forest.
Meet Taylor: “I hit a wall. I thought I couldn’t do it anymore. My little sister and my mate noticed and said they thought I should get some help.”
When Taylor’s mum faced a life-threatening illness in hospital, it turned his world upside down.
Meet Kay: "The beauty of being a Samaritan, is that our service is always here, all year round, 24 hours a day."
Kay talks about how reaching out to Samaritans led to her becoming a volunteer herself, and why she’s passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion at Samaritans.
Meet Simon: "Honestly, I'm not sure I would be here now if I hadn't made that call."
When Simon was living under a cloud so dark he didn’t think he would ever escape, he picked up the phone to Samaritans.