People across the UK and the wider global community are taking in the news that HM The Queen has passed away and we know that this news will affect people in different ways. Scenes of public mourning can cause different responses or remind people of their own losses. As always, Samaritans will be there for anyone who needs us, 24/7, by phone, email, letter and via our online chat service.
Samaritans has been appointed the official emotional support service for members of the public, and we will have an official presence over the duration of the 10 days of mourning. We hope that our volunteers being available and on duty near sites of public mourning to offer face-to-face emotional support to visitors in London is a source of reassurance for the crowds. Thanks to them, there will be emotional support for anyone who needs it in the coming days and weeks.
Responding to the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Keith Leslie, Chair of Samaritans, said: “As the UK’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II was a constant in the lives of generations of people and her passing will touch us all. Samaritans would like to offer our deepest condolences to our patron, His Majesty King Charles III, at this incredibly difficult time.
“If anyone finds themselves affected by the announcement and would like to reach out for support, Samaritans volunteers are available over the phone and our volunteers will also be on hand for those paying their respects in person.”