"People say, “You only live once, so make the most of it.” Well, I’m proof that you can get a second chance – and I owe it to Samaritans.
"Looking back, things had been building up for a long time. Redundancy, relationship breakdowns… it was just one thing after another.
"And though I had two lovely sons and some great mates, I didn’t want them to know how low I’d become.
"Then, one evening, I found myself writing goodbye letters to my friends and family – I really believed they would be better off without me.
"The next day I had breakfast with my son and watched as he left the house for work. As far as I was concerned, this would be the last time I would see him.
"I left the house, thinking that I would never return.
"I found myself looking through the contacts on my mobile, wondering if anyone would miss me. That’s when I came across Samaritans’ number from a time when I’d called before but hung up, unable to talk.
"To this day I don’t know what made me call again, but I’m so glad I did.
Making the call
"The volunteer who answered was amazing. I was in a terrible state, but she was calm, understanding and, most importantly, seemed to genuinely care.
"I poured my heart out to her and she gently suggested that I walk to the nearest Samaritans branch, where I would be safe and there’d be someone to talk to.
"She stayed on the line while I did this and, at the branch, the tears really began to flow. She listened to what I had to say, and talking to her helped me work out what I could do.
"Over the next few months, I slowly but surely began to put my life back together. Now, nearly three years on, I’ve got a whole new life.
"Someone somewhere made a donation to Samaritans – and that donation meant that they were there for me when I was at my lowest point.
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