TV star Maria Fowler with Samaritans on National Awareness Day

Maria Fowler, (The Only Way is Essex) is helping support Samaritans’ National Awareness Day, Talk to us, on Wednesday, 24 July. (**see diary notice below**)

Having recently called Samaritans herself, Maria has first-hand experience of the value of talking. She is now helping to raise awareness of its service for other people struggling to cope.

Maria Fowler said:

“Samaritans is a fantastic source of support, I only wish I’d got in touch earlier. Talking to them really helped. It was like having a non-judgemental friend, something that is hard to come by in real life. It is so important that people talk about their problems, and if things are getting too much, Samaritans is available, any time of the day or night.”

To mark Samaritans’ National Awareness Day, Talk to us, over 60 events are taking place across the UK and ROI, as the charity holds its largest conversation.  People can get involved in the campaign by simply texting ‘SUPPORT’ to 70123* to make a £3 donation.

Catherine Johnstone, Samaritans’ CEO, said:

“It’s hugely important to talk about your problems, and Samaritans is here for anyone going through a tough time. Our National Awareness Day, Talk to us, is the ideal way to remind people that they can contact us round the clock, every single day of the year. You can email, as well as phone, or you can visit one of our 201 branches to speak to a volunteer face to face.”

This year Samaritans celebrates its 60th anniversary of founder, Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH CBE, taking the first call to the service on 02 November 1953.

Visit Samaritans’ interactive map to find out about the different Talk to us events happening across the UK and Ireland:

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Interview & Photo opportunity
EVENT: Talk to us, Samaritans’ Annual Awareness Day
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:  Celebrity Maria Fowler (The Only Way is Essex), Samaritans CEO, Catherine Johnstone, and volunteers from the charity. They will be brightening up people’s journeys as they speak to people about the importance of talking and encourage them to share their thoughts about who they talk to about their problems.
DATE: Wednesday 24 July, 10-10:30am
VENUE:  London Waterloo train station
MEDIA CONTACT: To attend the photo call or arrange an interview with Maria Fowler, please contact Claire Duncan in the Press Team on 020 8394 8345 / For enquiries on the day please call 0783 453 0307

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Notes to editors:

*To read Maria’s full story, please visit

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year. We provide a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them. Please call 116 123, email, or visit to find details of the nearest branch.

Terms and conditions of making a donation to 70123

Texts cost £3, plus one message at your standard network rate. Samaritans will receive a minimum of 99% of your donation. We may contact you in the future. If you’d prefer not to hear from us, text NOCALL SAM to 70060. If you wish to discuss this mobile payment, call 0844 241 2263. UK registered charity number 219432.