Samaritans are here to help all year

Samaritans offer help at every time of year
Samaritans offer help at every time of year

The Samaritans in Wakefield are reminding people that no one needs to feel alone this Christmas.

Volunteers from the Wakefield district will be there round the clock for anyone who feels they need to talk, in confidence, about whatever’s getting to them – on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and every other day of the year.

Jayne James, director of Wakefield and District Samaritans branch said: “Someone contacts Samaritans every six seconds. Problems don’t go away just because it’s Christmas, so if you’re finding it hard to look forward to the festive season, we’re here for you. If it’s too difficult to open up to friends or family, or you feel you have no one who will listen, talk to us. We’ll keep whatever you say safe, we won’t judge and we’ll help you find a way through.”

Call free on 116 123. The number will not appear on your phone bill. Last year Samaritans responded to more than 5.3 million calls for help from people struggling to cope, with nearly 200,000 contacts to the charity over the festive season alone.

Samaritans relies almost entirely on donations to run its 201 branches and train its 21,200 volunteers, who also provide emotional support in schools, workplaces, prisons and throughout their local communities. See www.samaritans.org/christmas for more information.