Two charity initiatives aiming to help mental wellbeing
July 23, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
Nationwide charity events aim to create better listeners
Samaritans volunteers around the country will be holding events tomorrow (Tuesday, 24 July) to encourage people to improve their listening skills.
The aim is to show members of the public how really listening to another person can help someone who is going through a tough time and could be the first step to saving a life.
It’s all part of a nationwide campaign called The Big Listen which aims to raise awareness and funds for the Samaritans.
In Plymouth, director of the Plymouth Samaritans, Janet Sherriff, told Plymouth Live ‘As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone who is at a low point can help them feel less alone, and give them the time and space to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings.’
The Big Listen could save lives https://t.co/i2vqrjZieS
— Plymouth Live (@Plymouth_Live) July 18, 2018
The Plymouth event will be held in Drake Circus but there will be events up and down the country, many of them held at stations.
The Farmers & Farmers Wives Choir are producing a song to raise awareness for mental health.
According to Farminguk.com farmers are at a high risk of experiencing mental health problems.
Choirmaster, Kate Picken, said: ‘It’s okay to not be okay and help is at hand. Our hope is that this will encourage people to reach out and ask for help.’
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