Samaritans of Stockport news

  • Stockport Samaritans at Stockport Rugby Club

    18th September 2017
    We're delighted to show off our new advertising board at Stockport Rugby Club. In an effort to raise awareness of our services, especially amongst men, we visited the ground in Bramhall at the weekend and met key contacts in the club. We hope to work further with them and the local rugby community. Thank you Stockport Rugby Club!
  • We're Marking World Suicide Prevention Day At Ashton United FC

    10th September 2017
    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. We'll be marking this important day at a candleight vigil, held at Ashton United Football Club. The vigil, organised by the Anthony Seddon Trust, will start at around 6.30pm this evening.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Handforth Rail Station Today

    8th September 2017
    Our volunteers will be at Handforth train station tonight, between approx 5.00 - 7.30pm, after the tragic events yesterday when a teenager was hit by a train there. We'll be at Handforth to remind people of our services, and we encourage anyone in distress to speak to our volunteers at the station, to call 116 123, or email anytime.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Manchester Pride 2017

    27th August 2017
    Volunteers from Stockport joined other Samaritans from over 10 branches across the North West at the Manchester Pride parade yesterday. Holding 'For Once I Could Be Myself' placards, we raised awareness of Samaritans services for anyone in distress across the LGBT community, with volunteers travelling from as far as Blackpool and Barrow in Furness to join in the annual parade.
  • We'll be at Bramhall Station This Bank Holiday Monday

    27th August 2017
    To mark the one year anniversary of the tragic death of schoolboy Lee Ridgway, we'll be at Bramhall train station for part of the afternoon tomorrow (August 28th). Stockport Samaritan volunteers will be at Bramhall to remind people of the Samaritans emotional support service, and we would encourage in distress to speak to our volunteers, call 116 123, or email anytime.
  • Stockport Samaritans - Front Page Of The Stockport Express!

    21st August 2017
    We were thrilled to be mentioned on the front page of this weeks Stockport Express newspaper. The article, which talked about our month of outreach activities, the Town Hall being lit in green and the Samaritan SHUSH listening tips, followed on page 5. Copies of the newspaper are available until tomorrow to purchase around Stockport. We were also featured in the 8th August edition of the Manchester Evening News. Thank you to Katherine Bainbridge and all the M.E.N for their help in getting the piece published.
  • Stockport Town Hall Turns Green For Samaritans

    25th July 2017
    On the night of the 24.7.17, Stockport Town Hall was lit in green, to show how Samaritans are available 24/7, round the clock, every day, to anyone in distress. This was the culmination of a series of events in July, known as #TalkToUs and #TheBigListen, where Samaritans raise awareness of our vital services. Thank you so much to Cllr Tom McGee and all at Stockport Council for arranging.
  • We'll be joining Samaritans at Manchester Pride!

    13th July 2017
    Our volunteers from Stockport Samaritans will be taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday August 26th 2017. We'll be joining other volunteers from other North West branches to walk the route, showing our support and to raise awareness amongst the LGBT community of Greater Manchester. Look out for us in our green T-shirts and give us a cheer!
  • We'll be at Stockport Pride 2017!

    10th July 2017
    We're thrilled to be part of Stockport's first ever Pride event on Sunday 30th July 2017. Our volunteers will be there at a stall, alongside other local organisations, to show our support and raise awareness of our services to the LGBT+ community of Stockport. If you see us there, please come and talk to us!
  • Stockport Samaritans at Stockport Carnival 2017!

    9th July 2017
    We're pleased to announce we'll have a stall at Stockport Carnival on Saturday 22nd July 2017. Our volunteers will be there to raise awareness of Samaritans, so if you see us there, please come and talk to us!
  • Mates In Mind: Let's Get Construction Talking

    7th July 2017
    As part of the Mates In Mind initiative, which aims to improve and promote positive mental health in construction, one of our volunteers spoke with workers from Fluor, a global construction and engineering company this week. The talk, which took place at the A J Bell stadium in Eccles, received a great response, raising awareness of Samaritans, as well as the importance of listening and talking about our feelings. Currently, construction workers are more likely to die from suicide, than falls.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Ashton-Under-Lyne Rugby Club

    19th June 2017
    We're pleased to announce we've got a new banner up at the grounds of Ashton Under Lyne RFC in Gambrel Bank. We're very grateful to the club for letting us have our sign up there, and believe this will help raise awareness of our vital services in the Ashton area. If you have space for a sign or banner in your grounds or facility, and it's in the Stockport or Tameside area, please do let us know.
  • Martyn Hett Vigil

    26th May 2017
    Volunteers from our branch will be at the vigil for Martyn Hett, a victim of the Manchester attack, on Sunday 28th May in Heaton Moor Park. Martyn Hett was an extremely popular and well loved member of the Stockport community, and his loss touches so many people. We will be there to offer our support, and we would urge anyone who is distressed and needs to talk, to contact us at anytime. You can call us on 116 123, or email
  • Manchester 10k - Can you sponser Mark?

    26th May 2017
    One of our volunteers, Mark, is kindly running the Manchester 10k this Sunday, and raising money for our branch at the same time. We would be hugely grateful for any donations you could give, and encourage you to sponsor Mark on his donation page (click on this articles title to see the link)
  • Manchester Attack

    24th May 2017
    We would like to remind anyone affected by the horrific Manchester Arena bombing, that if you need to talk, we are here for you. Volunteers from Stockport branch attended the vigil in Albert Square yesterday evening, as well as joining those from other nearby branches at Piccadilly station this morning, to offer our support, and remind people of our services. You can also call us on 116 123, visit us in branch or send an email to
  • Stockport Samaritans supports Mental Health Awareness Week

    8th May 2017
    Stockport Samaritans are supporting the 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week, and this years theme is 'Survive and Thrive.' To coincide with this, the poet, campaigner and astronaut Hussain Manawer is releasing his debut EP of poetry, ‘Am I Going Too Deep?’, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Samaritans. Please spread the word about this important campaign.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Hyde United

    26th April 2017
    We we thrilled to visit Ewen Fields yesterday, home of Hyde United Football Club, where we now have a #TalkToUs hoarding on display, to raise awareness of our services across Hyde and the Tameside area. We discussed building a partnership between us and the club, its supporters, members and students. Thank you to Pete Ainger, Community General Manager at the club, for his time and support to our cause.
  • You can now raise money for us by shopping online via Easyfundraising

    12th April 2017
    Every time you buy something online, from nearly any big retailer, including Amazon, John Lewis or Ebay, Stockport Samaritans can get a percentage back of your purchases. It’s so easy – all you need to do is sign up at, select us as your cause, and then click on their site first before you go onto your retailer (full instructions on the site). Please spread the word to friends and family etc!
  • Could you run the Stockport 10k for us?

    29th March 2017
    Entries are now open for the Stockport 10k on the 17th September 2017, and we would love if anyone participating could raise money for us. You can easily set up an online donation page on the BT donate website, just select Stockport Samaritans as your charity. We may even be able to provide a branded running vest. Why not also consider the Manchester 10k, Salford 10k, Manchester Great Run Marathon, Stockport Half Marathon or any other event? Thanks!
  • Charity Abseil for Stockport Samaritans

    27th March 2017
    On a very sunny Saturday 25th March, the Mayor and his colleagues kindly organised a charity abseil down Stopford House in Stockport town centre, in aid of us and St Ann's hospice. Many people took part, including local councillors, and we are hugely grateful to those who braved this challenge!
  • Could you be our Fundraising Support Volunteer?

    17th February 2017
    If you'd rather help us by fundraising than as a listening volunteer on the phone, we would also love to hear from you! We're looking for a support volunteer to coordinate our fundraising activities, whether that's organising tin collections in supermarkets or applying for grants to local trusts. The role is perfect for those who perhaps can't commit to the same regular time each week, and could fit around around your lifestyle. So if you want to make a real difference to Stockport Samaritans, make new friends and develop fundraising skills, please click the 'Volunteer Here' button on this site to apply
  • Coffee and Cake Fundraising Brunch

    13th February 2017
    Enjoy some cake whilst supporting us! On Saturday 4th March, they'll be a Tea, Coffee, Cakes and Sweet Event at St Barnabus' Church, Bredbury (SK6 2DA) at 11am - 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, and all monies raised will be distributed between us and St Ann's Hospice. Thank you to the Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Chris Gordon in advance for holding this.
  • Brew Monday is Today - An Update

    16th January 2017
    Today is 'Brew Monday' - the Samaritans response to Blue Monday. We had a great time at Stockport station, giving out over 500 tea bags during the morning rush hour to highlight the day. Thanks to Network Rail and Virgin Trains for helping us be there. Read our earlier news story for more details about 'Brew Monday.'
  • Forget Blue Monday...we'll be marking 'Brew Monday' at Stockport Station

    6th January 2017
    Stockport Samaritans is saying forget Blue Monday - ignore the hype and trivialisation of mental health issues, and celebrate ‘Brew Monday' instead. Volunteers from the branch will be on hand at Stockport Train Station on the 16th January brewing up a treat for commuters, handing out specially produced Samaritans tea bags, with support from Network Rail and the wider rail industry, who help Samaritans raise awareness of its services and recruit volunteers.
  • Stockport's Co-op Bank Pyramid Turns Green For The Samaritans

    20th December 2016
    We're delighted that the Co-op Bank Pyramid building by the M60 motorway has been lit green this week. Sam Walters, the Stockport Samaritans Director said: "Lighting up this iconic building is a visual reminder to people across Stockport that around the country Samaritans volunteers are available any time, day or night, including all over the holidays, for anyone who is finding life difficult or needs someone to talk to.” A spokesperson for the Co-op Bank said: “We’re glad we can do something to raise awareness of where people can turn to should they find themselves needing help, at what can be the hardest time of year for many.”
  • Stockport Samaritans on Pure Radio

    18th December 2016
    Around the lunchtime of Monday 19th December we'll be interviewed on Stockport's local radio station Pure Radio. We'll be raising awareness of our branch as well as of the upcoming regional lighting up of monuments in green this week. Thanks Pure Radio for having us in advance!
  • North West monuments light up for Samaritans this festive period

    16th December 2016
    A number of iconic landmarks are being lit up in green this December, including The Cooperative Bank’s ‘Pyramid’ in Stockport, to remind people that Samaritans are there to support people 24/7 throughout the festive period. The other iconic buildings being lit up on Friday 23rd December are: • 1 Angel Square, Manchester • Blackpool Tower • The Ashton Memorial in Lancaster • The Hoad in Ulveston • Liverpool Town Hall • St Michaels Church, Macclesfield • The Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man • Ramsey Swing Bridge, Isle of Man
  • Stockport Samaritan Volunteers at Gatley Station

    4th December 2016
    On Friday 9th December, our volunteers will be at Gatley railway station to mark the anniversary of the death of a young student there. We'll be in Gatley to show our support, and remind users of the station and the people of Gatley of our services.
  • International Mens Day Marked By Stockport Suicide Prevention Group

    27th November 2016
    International Mens Day, which was on November 19th this year, was marked by both the Samaritans, and the Stockport Suicide Prevention Collaborative (of which we're a member of). We used the day to highlight the fact that suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 45, with men from poorer backgrounds at an even higher risk. A piece was written in the Stockport Express newspaper to highlight these points. We urge men who are experiencing any kind of despair to please share what they're going through. You can call us on 116 123, free, anytime.
  • Mayor of Stockport visits our branch

    15th November 2016
    On Saturday 12th November we were lucky enough to host the Mayor of Stockport, Chris Gordon, in our branch. He very kindly spent the afternoon meeting our volunteers, including handing out certificates to recognise some of our longest serving volunteers. We are very grateful for his time and support to what we do.
  • Local Action Saves Lives Campaign

    8th November 2016
    This is our first ever campaign aimed at politicians. We’re calling on everyone who cares about preventing suicide to step up and ask for action in their communities, by emailing their councillors. Local councils in England and Wales have a responsibility to prevent suicide...
  • Stockport Mayoral Charity Night supports Stockport Samaritans

    25th October 2016
    We're honoured that the Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport have chosen Stockport Samaritans as one of the beneficiaries of their upcoming charity night. The event, held at the Grosvenor Casino on Wednesday 16th November, involves casino games such as roulette and blackjack. Contact for further details if interested. Thank you so much to the Mayor and Mayoress for their kind support to our branch.
  • Cheadle's Big Bang 2016

    14th October 2016
    We're thrilled that Stockport Samaritans has been chosen as one of the charities that Cheadle's Big Bang 2016 will be supporting. Organised by the Cheadle and Gatley Round Table, the huge fireworks and bonfire display takes place on Saturday 5th November 2016. A number of our volunteers will be helping out at the event, as well as during the clean up the next day. Tickets to attend are available in advance through the Big Bang website. Thanks again to the Cheadle and Gatley Round Table for their support.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Cheadle Hulme Station

    20th September 2016
    We have been at Cheadle Hulme railway station today, in response to the very sad news of the death of a woman there yesterday. Our volunteers are also there tomorrow between 7.30 and 10.30am, to show our support, and remind users of the station and the people of Cheadle Hulme of our services. If you need to talk about anything that is getting to you, please ring our Freephone number 116 123, or email - there is someone available 24/7 - every day of the year
  • Join us for a special candle lit vigil...

    5th September 2016
    Together with Rochdale Samaritans, our Stockport volunteers will be in Ashton market to commemorate World Suicide Prevention Day for a candle lit vigil. The event takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th September. Why not come along, or light a candle near a window at the same time as us, to mark this important date.
  • Stockport Samaritans at Bramhall Station in view of recent tragic events

    2nd September 2016
    In light of the very sad recent passing away of a young lad at Bramhall train station, volunteers from our branch were at the station on Tuesday 30th August to offer our support, and remind rail users there of our service. We also attended Stockport School today, as part of their drop in session for staff and students who may have been affected by this tragic loss. If you need to talk about anything that is getting to you, please ring our Freephone number 116 123, or email - there is someone available 24/7 - every day of the year
  • Stockport Train Station Awareness Event

    29th June 2016
    Volunteers from our branch will be at Stockport Railway Station as part of the North West Network Rail awareness day on the 14th July from 7.30 - 9.30am, and 4.30 - 6.30pm. Do you catch the train from Stockport? If so, why not stop and have a chat with one of our volunteers. If you need to talk about anything that is getting to you, please ring our FreePhone number 116 123 - there is someone available 24/7 - every day of the year
  • Stockport Suicide Prevention website

    8th July 2015
    Stockport Samaritans are part of the Stockport Suicide Prevention Collaborative. The Collaborative has produced a website to help prevent suicide: