Staff at the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), which provides critical central services to the NHS, have chosen Samaritans as one of their 2019 charity partners.
The money raised by the NHSBSA will go towards funding Samaritans’ vital suicide prevention services. Last year Samaritans’ 201 branches responded to over five million requests for help across UK and Ireland.
The Trussell Trust, which coordinates a nationwide network of food banks, has also been chosen as a NHSBSA charity partner.
As well as raising funds and volunteering for the charities, the NHSBSA aims to break through negative stereotypes associated with people living in poverty and suicide. To show that illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job can happen to any of us.
Alistair McDonald, Chief Executive at NHSBSA said: “We know that tackling mental ill health is a priority for the NHS and we want to support Samaritans, a charity that is part of this solution. The mental wellbeing of our people is very important to us too and I’m sure the partnership will be beneficial for both organisations. This week we’re launching our work with the Trussell Trust, whose aim is to end hunger and poverty in the UK by supporting a network of over 1,200 food banks which provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty. We felt that we can make a significant social impact by offering them our business skills and expertise to really make a difference.”
Bob Howe has been a Samaritans Listening Volunteer for over 18 years and is Functional Lead for Fundraising. He said: “We know life can be tough. And when it gets too much, we’re there to listen, day and night. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re so thrilled that NHSBSA has chosen us as one of this year’s charity partners. Not only will this partnership allow us to be there for more people, it will help to break down the stigma of suicide and mental ill health. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the year ahead.”
Notes to Editors:
- Samaritans responds to more than 5 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
- 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 [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.org to talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.
- Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support us at www.samaritans.org/supportus.
- Just £5 helps us answer one Samaritans call. Go to https://www.samaritans.org/donate to help us be there for even more people that need us.