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24/7 Samaritan Awareness Day | The #WeListen Campaign

27 Jul 2022

 

Samaritans launched their awareness-building campaign “Talk to Us” on July 24th and will continue to run it throughout the entire month to remind people that they are never alone and that Samaritans are always available to listen to anyone who needs help. 

Samaritans branches in the UK often spend lots of time and effort organising regional events every July to spread the word that they are available to talk to anyone who is having trouble coping at any hour of the day or night and that no one should ever feel ashamed or like they need to suffer in silence. 

Understanding how best to help or how best to spread awareness on 24/7 Samaritan Awareness Day can be difficult. However, Samaritans encourage everyone to get involved and use the hashtags “#WeListen”, “#SamaritansAwarenessDay” and “TalkToUs” on social media, to spread the word and bring awareness to the campaign. 

In order to raise awareness of the 24-hour listening service that the Samaritans provide, which also delivers emotional support to anybody who needs it, the Samaritans have also launched the #WeListen campaign. 

They have placed thousands of posters and advertisements in train stations around England, Scotland, and Wales. They wanted people to understand that a Samaritan will be there for them no matter what they are going through, and will do so without any judgement or conditions. Although the campaign has been officially running since 2015, it is always relaunched with every passing year. It has been viewed by tens of millions of people, and the number of suicides on trains has significantly decreased.

With all Samaritan campaigns, there are always plenty of ways to get involved and steps to take that can help prevent people from getting into harm’s way. For example, some of the incredible Samaritan Volunteers choose to take part in a Samarathon wherein they either walk or jog 26.2 miles throughout the month of July to spread awareness and help towards saving lives. 

However you choose to take part in the #WeListen campaign, or any of the Samaritan’s campaigns for that matter, it’s important to remember just how important this cause is for so many people. If you’re struggling with your mental health, here is a list of useful resources and support services that can be accessed on both a local and national basis:

If your business is looking to support staff with Mental Health Services in Portsmouth, we’re more than happy to help. PHU Occupational Health Portsmouth understands how crucial it is to maintain your workforce’s mental health for a healthy workplace, we offer a range of services to businesses from individual management referrals, to group sessions such as Stress Management and Mental Health Awareness Training to guide staff on reaching a healthy work-life balance. PHU Occupational Health Portsmouth can be contacted at Enquiries.OccHealth@porthosp.nhs.uk