Samaritans Cymru teams up with Sheppards pharmacy to promote helpseeking

Samaritans Cymru has linked up with Wales’ largest independent pharmacy, Sheppard’s, to promote helpseeking in South Wales during the month of May.  This will coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week for which Samaritans Cymru wants to emphasise the importance of talking and connecting with others.

 Emma Harris, Policy and Communications Officer for Samaritans Cymru said -

‘We are delighted to see our publicity materials in all 31 Sheppard’s Pharmacies in South Wales. 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. We want the public to know that if they are struggling, for whatever reason, they do not have to face their problems alone. ’

The May campaign is an initiative from the Samaritans South Wales Valleys project. The project seeks to reduce emotional distress and lower the risk of suicide in the Valleys by increasing access to the Samaritans emotional support service and encouraging help-seeking behaviour. 

Samaritans currently has no branch located in the South Wales Valley area and it has been a long-standing ambition to establish a presence there. Through providing outreach in the community and teaming up with partners in the health sector, Samaritans hope to spread the word about their free listening service.

Gareth Hughes, Professional Services Manager and Branch Manager at Ynyshir branch said –

"Sheppards Pharmacy is delighted to be working closely with Samaritans Cymru to highlight to our customers that, despite whatever comes their way in life, there is always somewhere for them to turn for support. We are pleased to be continuing with our ethos of dispensing care in the community, in whichever way we can."

To pick up some free publicity material, please visit your local Sheppard’s Pharmacy. You can find your nearest branch at www.sheppardschemists.co.uk

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) or call the Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (This number is free to call and open from 7pm - 11pm 7 days a week) You can also 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) or call the Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (This number is free to call and open from 7pm - 11pm 7 days a week) You can also 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’ press office on 029 2022 2008 or wales@samaritans.org