“Samaritans Helped Me Through, Which Made Me Keen To Tell Others About The Lifeline They Offer”

PRESS RELEASE

Nicola Gee, who contacted Samaritans after she experienced depression, is encouraging people across Scotland who have used the service to come forward and share their stories.

"The first time I used Samaritans was after I had left university. I had tried other avenues of support but still didn't know what was behind my depression,” Nicola said. 

"Samaritans helped me through which made me keen to tell others about the lifeline they offer. So I got in touch with Samaritans' press team to tell them about my experience of using the charity’s helpline service. Giving this testimony is really rewarding and a great way to give back.”

Last year alone Samaritans in Scotland responded to around 240,000 appeals for help.  Its listening volunteers are available round the clock, every single day of the year, offering a safe place for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Despite this, Samaritans says many people still wait until they reach a crisis point before getting in touch. Everyone has moments when they have felt overwhelmed, leading to them losing sight of being able to work things out. For those who are able to, talking can really help people to find a way through.

Executive Director for Scotland, James Jopling says: “Sharing your own experience of a time when we were able to help  could encourage others who are going through a difficult time to make that first step and get in touch with us.

“Personal stories are a perfect way for us to show that with the vital support of a listening ear, it can be easier to find a way through your problems.”

When a person is finding life difficult, hearing through personal testimony of how, with the right help it can be possible to find a way through can be a life changing experience for some.

If you have used Samaritans’ helpline service, over the phone, face-to-face in a branch or by text or email, the charity is asking if you would consider sharing your story, to help them reach out to others who may be suffering in silence.

There are many ways Samaritans can share your personal testimony, from publishing it on the charity’s website and in a press article, to speaking on the radio. The way you share your story is entirely up to you. 

If you would like to find out more about ways to share your story please contact Samaritans’ Press team by emailing: press@samaritans.org

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For more information please contact Tanya Rhodes on 0131 556 7058 or email t.rhodes@samaritans.org or press@samaritans.org

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.