Samaritans Cymru reach out to communities during Tata steel uncertainty

Following the news of the Tata steel crisis in which thousands of workers in South Wales face uncertainty about their future, Samaritans branches are reaching out to local communities.

Samaritans wants the public to know that if they are struggling, for whatever reason, they do not have to face their problems alone.

Wendy, a Samaritans volunteer in Bridgend said:

‘The threat of job loss can have a significant impact on your state of mind. We know that many individuals bottle up their problems and try to be strong for their family. We want to help people deal with any distress early on which avoids it potentially building up and getting worse. You can get in touch with Samaritans about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. We're here to listen.’

Whilst Samaritans are keen to direct communities to their service, they also want to emphasise the importance of talking and connecting with others.  When we internalise our problems, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Talking to others can help to sort through your thoughts and make sense of the problem.  Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and it’s important to reach out to others when we are struggling, whether it’s in our communities or through a listening service like the Samaritans.

Sarah Stone, Executive Director for Wales said:

‘The possibility of losing your job or actual job loss can have a significant impact on individual and family mental health. They can produce lower levels of wellbeing, with a widening of inequalities. We must work together to support communities in South Wales through these uncertain times’

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.

Notes to Editors:

  • Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress. In Wales, Samaritans works locally and nationally to raise awareness of the service and reaches out into local communities to support people who are struggling to cope.  We seek to use our expertise and experience to improve policy and practice and are active contributors to the development and implementation of Wales Suicide and Self Harm Prevention Action Plan ‘Talk to Me 2 ’.

     
  • Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, to listen and offer confidential support when things are getting to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE and will not show up on your phone bill), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org to find details of the nearest branch.

     
  • It’s the public’s kind donations and more than 21,000 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans is always there for anyone struggling to cope. For further information, please contact Samaritans’ Wales press office on 029 2022 2008 or press@samaritans.org.