Samaritans: here for the farming community

Are you unsure about what Samaritans do? Take five minutes and read this as you may be surprised…

Samaritans is working to reduce the number of people who take their own lives. But they’re also there for anyone who is struggling to cope with how they’re feeling. It’s a charity made up of volunteers who are there to listen about anything that’s troubling you, no matter who you are, where you are or what time you call them. Whatever you’re facing, you can contact Samaritans free – day or night, 365 days a year. They are not there to offer information or advice, but often find that talking it through can help you find you own way. They are there to simply listen when you need them.

We caught up with James Waghorn, Functional Lead for Partnerships at Samaritans who explains how this can benefit the farming community and the unique set of circumstances and stresses they face every day…

“We know that for lots of reasons, life for farmers can be difficult at times. When times are tough it can really help to have someone to talk things through with. We want the farming community to know that we are always here for them if they are struggling to cope.

So how can we help? What we offer is a safe space for you to talk any time you like, about whatever’s on your mind. We listen to you and help you to talk about what’s going on and how it’s affecting you. We’ll focus on your thoughts and feelings rather than going into the details, so we may ask questions to help explore how you feel. Together we can explore your options so that you can make decisions that are right for you. We can’t give advice and we won’t make decisions for you. But we find that by talking things though, you can find a way through your problems

“When you contact us, you will speak with one of our specially trained listening volunteers who will give you the time that you need. You can contact us 24/7 and there are no waiting lists or assessments. Our service is confidential, which means you are safe to talk about how you are really feeling. We are also completely non-judgemental.

“Some people think that we’re only there for people who are suicidal or at a point of crisis, but we are there for anyone who is struggling to cope, regardless of your background or religion.

Day or night, you can call us for free on 116 123. You can also contact us by email at jo@samaritans.org, and you can write to us at Freepost RSRB-KKBY-CYJK, PO Box 9090, STIRLING, FK8 2SA. If you prefer you can also visit one of our branches to speak with a volunteer face-to-face; you can find a list of our branches and their opening hours on our website, www.samaritans.org.

When you’re going through a tough time, we’re here to listen. Whoever you are, whatever you’re going through, you don’t have to face it alone.

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