Samaritans supports Croydon’s wellbeing event for shoppers

Samaritans supports Croydon’s wellbeing event for shoppers

Samaritans and Croydon Council are hosting a wellbeing event in the town centre on Saturday 1 July with other local organisations offering tips on how to look after your mental health. The aim is to also raise awareness of the support available for those who aren’t coping and may need some extra help.

The initiative, which will run from 10am to 5pm, will see Samaritans’ volunteers lending a listening ear from their ‘We Listen’ campaign trailer, outside the Whitgift Centre on North End. Croydon Council’s Money Advice Service and Live Well Team, Off the Record Youth Counselling and Imagine Independence are also setting up a stall to chat to shoppers.

Barry Gilhooly, Director of Samaritans’ Croydon and Sutton Branch says: “This is a great opportunity to meet a range of people and let them know that anyone can contact Samaritans for free. People talk to us about a wide range of issues including worries about family, relationships, bereavement, work, health and money. We are here to listen and provide emotional support, no matter what issues people are dealing with. We’re grateful to Croydon Council and everyone else involved in helping us to share information about the different types of support available in our community.”

Councillor Louisa Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Health and Social Care, said: “We welcome the Samaritans’ We Listen campaign visiting Croydon on Saturday 1 July. Feeling happy is important for our health and well-being, but there are occasions when we can all feel down or not quite our usual selves. If you are stressed, worried or at a low point, help and support is available in the borough for you to speak to someone. These include the Samaritans, your GP and other counselling, befriending and debt advice services. Residents can also get online help at , which has useful tips to get you feeling better. We hope that many people will take the opportunity to stop by this event at the weekend and find out more about the support on offer.”

Samaritans stages hundreds of outreach events every year throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to seek help before they reach crisis.

Anyone can contact Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email, or visit to find details of your nearest branch.

For further information, photos and interviews about Samaritans’ involvement in Croydon’s wellbeing event, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or

Picture caption:  Samaritans volunteers out and about in the community.

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Notes to editors:

  • Samaritans responds to more than 5.7 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across the UK and Republic of Ireland.  For more information, please see
  • Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), or you can email
  • Samaritans’ Croydon and Sutton Branch is based at 2B Kidderminster Road, Croydon, CR9 2BQ. If you need to talk to someone face to face, check our website for opening times. You can also contact us on 020 8681 6666 (answer phone, local rate call charges apply) and leave your contact details. We will call you back to make an appointment.