24th July 2022 | Lieutenancy News

Samaritans in Surrey- Samaritans Awareness Day

Samaritans vision is that fewer people die by suicide. But they are noy just there for the suicidal. They are there every day and night of the year for anyone struggling to cope.

They make sure people have somewhere to turn to for support when they need it most. They work with communities to let people know they’re there for them and campaign to make suicide prevention a priority.

Samaritans support services have adapted over the years but the core vales values of their listening service remain constant:

Listening

Exploring feelings alleviates distress and helps people to reach a better understanding of their situation and the options open to them.

Confidentiality

If people feel safe, they are more likely to be open about their feelings.

Non-judgemental

Samaritans want people to be able to talk to them without fear of prejudice or rejection. People making their own decisions wherever possible

People making their own decisions

Samaritans believe that people have the right to find their own solution and that telling people what to do takes responsibility away from them.

Human contact

Giving people time, undivided attention and empathy meets a fundamental emotional need and reduces distress and despair.

Across Surrey there are Samaritans branches in Guildford, Walton, Leatherhead and Reigate. All are run exclusively by volunteers. Samaritans can be contacted by phone on 116 123 free from any UK mobile or landline. Alternatively you can email them at jo@samaritans.org, or write to them at Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS.

If you would like to find out more about Samaritans or to donate to support their work, please visit www.samaritans.org.

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