Samaritans is delighted to announce that it has partnered with Kyle Books to publish a new book titled How to Listen.
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions have added to the pressures many people face this year, with many struggling to access the help and support they need. How to Listen by Samaritans provides an opportunity for readers to learn about listening and offer support to those around them.
Judith Hannam from Kyle Books said: “One in four adults struggle with their mental health. Lockdown has further added to the pressures many face, at the same time restricting access to the help they need. I am therefore absolutely delighted that Kyle Books is partnering with Samaritans, one of the most respected organisations in the UK, on this timely and important book.”
Samaritans believe that listening helps us be there for others, strengthening relationships and offering support to those around us.
This friendly and approachable book provides practical advice and helpful tips about listening from trained Samaritans, so that each of us can be a better partner, friend, parent and colleague.
From how to open up a conversation with someone who might be struggling to how to listen fully, empathise and reflect rather than problem solve, and how to use gentle encouragement to help others share their stories, it demonstrates the power of listening without judgement.
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of Samaritans has written a foreword to the book, and those contributing to the book include Sir Michael Palin, who will write an introduction for the book and Samaritans Ambassadors, Dame Julie Walters and Gail Porter.
In this time of covid pandemic it's never been more apparent that our mental wellbeing is equally as important as our physical health. It's so important that we take time to check in and connect with our loved ones - whether friends, family members, partners, colleagues or neighbours - to talk about how we are feeling, and listen to one another in a way that can prevent feelings of concern or worry, from escalating into more severe distress.
Samaritans Assistant Director of Communications and How to Listen author, Katie Colombus
Samaritans: How to Listen will be published on the 7 January 2021 at £12.99 in paperback and is available to pre-order now.
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