Be a Samaritans Christmas Star and help people struggling to cope
Last Christmas, we responded to 250,000 calls for help. For many people, this can be the loneliest time of year. But your support can help them find new hope as we approach the New Year. You can be a Samaritans Christmas Star, and help change someone's story this year.
Just imagine what that means. While our streets are twinkling with fairy lights, behind closed doors many people will be struggling, feeling anything but festive. Even if we are able to spend time with loved ones this year, the impact of the pandemic is still looming large.
Every call we answer could be the one that saves or changes someone's life – the call that ends with someone finding the strength to carry on. By making a donation or fundraising for Samaritans this Christmas, you can help more people find a glimmer of light on their darkest days.
It costs as little as £5 to respond to a call for help that could save a life.
You can be a Samaritans Christmas Star!
Several years ago, Stephanie tried to take her own life on Christmas Eve. She had struggled for years to cope with the impact of a turbulent childhood, and at a time of year when so many people struggle, everything became too much. "I look at the pictures of that time and I'm smiling," she says. "But I wasn't OK at all."
She remembers dragging herself to her family home for Christmas, feeling terrible but trying to put on a brave face. It was only when she called Samaritans later that year that she finally felt able to be open.
I didn't know who to speak to, so one night I called Samaritans and let everything out. I remember feeling embarrassed and it took me a good five minutes to feel like I could get in the swing of what I wanted to say, and I remember crying for a good while. After the call, I started laughing as I thought about the man I'd poured my heart out to, but in my mind that was a good sign as it felt good to tell someone unreservedly how I felt and have someone listen.
Today, though she still has tough days, Stephanie is in a much better place. She sees Samaritans as having given her a lifeline, saying it's saved her life on more than one occasion . "I wake and I'm so thankful for the life I've got," she says. "If you would have said to me five years ago, this is where you are going to be, I would not have believed it."
Samaritans saved my life on more than one occasion when I felt close to the edge. It's been a real lifeline for me.
Stephanie, former Samaritans caller
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