Kingston Samaritans seeks to help people who are despairing, self-harming and/or suicidal. We are available by phone, e-mail, text and face to face. People seek us out. If we could reach out more eg in schools and hospitals we could support more people.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014
Registered Charity in England and Wales (255682)
Hospital A & E departments are very busy places and may not have the time to investigate what drove someone to cut themselves deliberately and badly. Ambulance staff say they can take some-one who has tried to commit suicide to hospital knowing they will soon be discharged and may then try again. Young people often don't know how to help a friend who is depressed and some schools tend to ignore the problem.
Samaritans are trained to listen sympathetically. They have the time that busy professionals do not. By supporting people and showing that their feelings and experiences have validity people can be encouraged to find their own way through their problems. As a caller said 'I didn't want to die, I just didn't know how to live.'
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