Heavyweight support from boxer Audley Harrison for Samaritans’ We Listen campaign

Former Olympic heavyweight champion boxer Audley Harrison MBE is putting his muscle behind the newest Samaritans awareness raising campaign, which is supported by Network Rail and the wider rail industry.

The ‘We Listen’ campaign is encouraging people to contact Samaritans about whatever they are struggling with, before they feel overwhelmed. A powerful poster campaign is appearing in stations across the UK, and #welisten is creating a buzz online with a ground breaking virtual reality video that highlights how challenging it can be to hear what someone’s really saying when life is tough.

Audley Harrison has been mobilising support for the campaign on Twitter, and encouraging other TV, film and sports celebrities to do the same. He is passionate about his support for Samaritans and says it is a strength not a weakness to reach out for help if you feel you can’t cope.

“We’ve all heard about Samaritans, but have you really thought about what they can do for you? Not for the man down the road, not for your neighbour, but you. If you’re struggling, you might not want to burden your family, you might be worried what your friends will think about your problems, you might feel really alone. I can’t say this strongly enough. Call Samaritans. You don’t have to be suicidal. They are there to listen to you whatever you’re going through. End of a relationship, money problems, whatever it is, call them before it gets overwhelming.”

In an interview for the Metro’s 60 Seconds feature, the LA based star makes no secret of the ups and downs he has personally struggled with.

“Most people will have some sort of depression at some point. I’ve had big highs and also big lows. When I left Britain in 2004 after my BBC deal ended, things got pretty dark. But my slogan is ‘never ever give up’. With this campaign, if someone helps you by listening to you, they’ll help you not to give up.”

“Many of us have had personal loss as a result of suicide and understand the pain and devastation it leaves behind. Let’s all get behind this campaign and let people know that if they feel they have nowhere to turn, Samaritans will listen, and they’re free to call from any phone in the UK and Republic of Ireland on 116 123. And it won’t show up on your phone bill.

Samaritans’ ‘We Listen’ campaign is in railway stations all over the country from this month and is the third awareness campaign run by Samaritans, supported by Network Rail, since the partnership began in 2010.

Get on board with our #WeListen campaign by following Samaritans on Twitter @samaritans or facebook www.facebook.com/samaritanscharity.

For more information, please contact press@samaritans.org or call 020 8394 8396 or download a press pack at www.samaritans.org/NRpress

 

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  • Samaritans responds to more than 5.3 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.  For more information please see www.samaritans.org