Members of rail staff and British Transport Police were out alongside Samaritans volunteers at Gloucester Railway Station encouraging people to connect over a cuppa by offering commuters and travellers free hot drinks and biscuits together with listening tips, as well as promoting Samaritans’ services.
Samaritans volunteer branch spokesperson said: “We’re pleased to be taking part in Brew Monday. We want to highlight the value of people taking time to chat, rather than going it alone with their thoughts. You don’t need special skills to encourage someone to open up over a cuppa. And, for anyone who feels they have nowhere to turn, our volunteers are there. It’s free to call us from any phone or you can email us or talk to someone face to face at your local branch of Samaritans, in Gloucester we’re at 9 Park End Road.
‘Brew Monday’ has the support of Network Rail, British Transport Police and the wider rail industry including GWR locally, thanks to a life-saving partnership with Samaritans that aims to reduce suicide on the railways.
Ian Stevens from Network Rail, who leads the Suicide Prevention programme on behalf of the rail industry, said:
“Brew Monday is a great opportunity to use our partnership with Samaritans to reach out to people who may be struggling at this time of year and encourage them to open up and have a chat. Rail staff will be out in force alongside Samaritans volunteers in railway stations up and down the country urging passengers to reach out to friends and loved ones over a cup of tea, rather than letting them suffer in silence.”
Rail staff and Samaritans volunteers were at Gloucester Station from 7.30am to 3p on Monday 15 January, providing drinks and biscuits, kindly donated by the local ASDA store.
You can find out more about Brew Monday at www.samaritans.org/brewmonday or follow @ glossamaritans @samaritans on Twitter, @samaritanscharity on Instagram, hashtag #BrewMonday, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity.
Anyone can contact Samaritans for FREE any time from any phone on 116 123. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gloucester branch is also opening for visitors in person, please check the opening hours on the website.