Nobody needs to feel alone this Christmas

Actress Roxanne Pallett backs Samaritans' Christmas message

Actress Roxanne Pallett, renowned for her roles in Emmerdale and Waterloo Rd, is reminding anyone who finds the festive season a struggle that Samaritans volunteers are there round the clock every single day of the year, including Christmas and New Year.

To help raise awareness of the charity’s Christmas message, Roxanne visited its branch in Nelson in Lancashire where she met volunteers who will be there to listen to anyone who needs to talk, whether face to face or by phone, email or text.

The 32 year-old star of stage and screen lost her best friend after she took her own life in December 2009, and as a teenager Roxanne lost her home to a house fire at the same time that her grandmother, who raised her, was battling cancer. Now, after facing adversity herself, she is determined to encourage anyone who feels overwhelmed by their thoughts or feelings to reach out.

"Christmas is meant to be a magical time of year where we celebrate with friends and family. But for many people it can actually magnify their problems, making them feel isolated and alone.

It could be their first Christmas without someone because of a bereavement, a relationship breakdown, a divorce or a loss of job. Perhaps they're separated from their children for the first time, worried about their finances or they may just have the world on their shoulders. There are so many reasons that can cause stress and upset.

Thankfully, Samaritans are there to listen, in absolute confidence. Just talking to someone can lift some of the heaviness and anxiety and can help you begin to find a way through. That's why nobody needs to feel alone this Christmas."

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place to talk for anyone who is struggling to cope, whoever you are and whatever life has done to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and won't show up on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch.

If you would like to support Samaritans by making a donation, you can find out how you can help at: www.samaritans.org/christmas

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For more information about the work of Samaritans, its Christmas campaign and for images and photos, please contact Samaritans' press office on 020 8394 8300 or email press@samaritans.org

Photo credit: Andrew Smith

Notes to editors:

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone who is struggling to cope. Please call free on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.