Samaritans supports Kingston’s wellbeing event for shoppers

Samaritans and Kingston Council are hosting a wellbeing event in Memorial Square, Kingston on Tuesday 21 March where Samaritans and other local organisations will be offering tips on how to look after your mental health. Volunteers are also raising awareness of the support available when life feels tough and you need some extra help.

The initiative, which will run from 10am to 5pm, has the backing of Kingston Council and will see Samaritans’ volunteers lending a listening ear from their ‘We Listen’ campaign trailer on Church Street, Memorial Square. Mind in Kingston, Kingston iCope and Addiction Support and Care Agency (ASCA) are also setting up stall to offer help and advice.

Helen Dixon, Director of Samaritans’ Kingston Branch says: “Anyone can feel overwhelmed. People talk to us about a whole range of issues, from family, relationships and bereavement to work, health and financial issues. We’re here to listen and support, no matter what you’re dealing with.  We’re pleased to have the opportunity to talk with shoppers, visitors and residents to let them know that anyone can contact Samaritans for free. We’re grateful to Kingston Council and everyone involved for helping us to spread the word about the support services available in the area”.

Councillor Cathy Roberts, Kingston Council's portfolio holder for adult, social care and health, said: “Life can be tough and it can be hard to reach out and ask for help when it’s needed, but whatever you’re going through and whenever you need them, Samaritans are there to listen. I would urge residents to come down and find out more about services that are available locally. Samaritans offer an essential service to people in need and we’re very proud to support them.”

Samaritans stage hundreds of outreach events every year throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to seek help before they reach crisis.