The local Samaritans branch in Exeter Mid and East Devon has continued its programme of working with community groups by making contact with hundreds of students at Exeter College.
Two volunteers from the charity - Lisa Barnett and Caz King - were amongst Samaritans volunteers staging two lunchtime information sessions as part of the college’s mental health awareness campaign.
They handed out contact cards to students, discussed how the charity works across the Exeter, Mid and East Devon area, and how students could contact the organisation. Posters and contact details have also been given to the college nurse.
“Many students and young people contact us because they appreciate they can talk in complete confidence to people who will listen, without judging them. Informing this part of the community about our services is a vital part of our work” explains Samaritans local branch director Helen Crossfield.
One of the objectives of the local Samaritans branch is to work more closely with other community organisations during 2015.
“In recent weeks we’ve talked with a men’s group and will shortly give a presentation to a Women’s Institute meeting. It’s important to explain to people how we work and what we provide for people in Exeter, Mid and East Devon” says Helen Crossfield.
The charity provides support to people who are distressed or in despair which may lead to thoughts of suicide. People can talk to us at any time, in their own way and in confidence, about whatever is going on in their life.
Note to Editors: For more details, contact Helen, Samaritans’ Exeter and East Devon director on 07977 050983.