In just over a year, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has raised nearly half a million pounds to help fund Samaritans’ life-saving helpline and a new wellbeing initiative which is transforming workplaces.
Samaritans is one of three charity partners which are supporting the Appeal over three years to create a healthier City for people of all ages.
Thanks to the hard work of the Appeal and the generosity of its partners, Samaritans is better equipped to respond to the five million calls for help its 24-hour helpline receives each year.
High on the list of concerns from callers are challenges that can affect anyone: family issues, relationship difficulties, loneliness and isolation, and worries about mental health and physical health. People also contact Samaritans when they are feeling suicidal.
The money raised by the Appeal has also helped to fund the award-winning Wellbeing in the City, aninitiative which is part of its This Is Me workplace mental health campaign. Wellbeing in the City brings Samaritans’ listening and wellbeing skills into the workplace through a set of online learning resources.
Thousands of employees have already completed the recourses across the Capital and beyond, from employers including PwC, Bank of England, Leeds Building Society and the Civil Service. After completing the training, more than 90 per cent of participants said they felt more confident approaching someone who was struggling and more able to look after their own wellbeing. *
Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of the City of London, said: “We’re delighted to see our support having such a transformational impact on people’s lives through Samaritans’ life-saving helpline and the innovative ‘Wellbeing in the City’ project. Our mission is to help one million people thrive through our multi-year strategy, and we’re now well on our way to achieving this target.”
Ruth Sutherland, Samaritans’ CEO, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal for raising this money which really will save lives. By working together, we’re raising awareness of our vital services as well as creating happier and healthier workplaces where people can thrive. We look forward to seeing what we can achieve together over the next two years.”
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal brings together communities, businesses and charities to find solutions to some of the most pressing issues in the City, including mental health through its This is Me campaign.
To find out more about Wellbeing in the City, visit www.samaritans.org/wellbeinginthecity.
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Notes to editors
- *Samaritans survey of people who have completed Wellbeing in the City, June 2018
- Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or email [email protected] or go towww.samaritans.org to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.
- Samaritans responds to more than five million requests for help every year.
- Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 trained volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out about volunteering and other ways to donate or support us at www.samaritans.org
- The Lord Mayor’s Appeal is bringing together businesses, employees, neighbouring communities and charities to find solutions to some of London’s most pressing societal issues. Find out more here: https://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org/