Pic: Samaritans / Simon Way Photography

Submitted by Amy Shacklady

On Saturday, March 26, a roadshow event will be held in Wigan to raise awareness of the local mental health support services which are available to them via Samaritans.

It is to remind people across Wigan that whatever they are facing, volunteers are there to listen 24/7.

The challenges that people face up and down the country have been felt even more deeply over the last two years, as the pandemic has had a profound impact on the nation’s mental health.

Samaritans 20,000 volunteers across the UK have continued to provide emotional support throughout the pandemic, responding to 10,000 calls for help every day.

With easing restrictions and continued change, the charity’s services are needed now more than ever.

To help, volunteers from Wigan Samaritans will be at Upper Standishgate between 10am and 4pm to talk to locals about their services and provide emotional support to anyone who may need it.

The volunteers will be joined by Wigan’s Healthy Routes advisers and The Brick, who offer services to people who are homeless, in poverty or facing debt crisis.

Visitors will find the volunteers at the charity’s Real People, Real Stories campaign roadshow trailer which displays inspirational quotes from men who have successfully overcome tough times of their own.

As this group is most at risk of suicide, the campaign aims to encourage others to seek help by calling Samaritans on 116 123.

Ruth Dean, Director of Wigan Samaritans branch said: “The pandemic’s challenges are continuing and won’t immediately ease off with restrictions lifting.

“Therefore, it’s vitally important we do everything we can to help anyone who needs support.

“The volunteers at Wigan Samaritans are really looking forward to being out within the community and talking to people at the roadshow.

“We’re here for anyone and we know how powerful human connection can be – both for the other person’s mental health and your own too.

“It’s important to reach out for a chat with someone you care about – whether that’s in person or over the phone, it’s about taking the time to be there for each other, which could potentially save a life.”

To find out more information about Samaritans, or to make a donation and find out other ways you can support Wigan Samaritans please click here.

Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, 24/7, 365 days a year, on 116 123, email  jo@samaritans.org or visit www.samaritans.org.

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published 2022-04-04 18:03:31