It’s going to be a busy Christmas at Samaritans for Fatemah. The busy mum featured in our current bumper issue is looking forward to another festive season that includes a shift at her local Samaritans branch, providing a listening ear for anyone who needs some support at what can be a difficult time of year for some.
Samaritans volunteers know how important it is to #BreakTheSilence. Many have reason to be grateful for the service themselves. Volunteers like Ian.
Ian lives in London and has raised money for Samaritans. He described how Samaritans has been a big support to him in the past.
“There was a Christmas long ago when I felt quite down,” he said. “My partner at the time wasn’t openly gay and he wanted to go home to his family so I spent Christmas alone. I called Samaritans on Christmas Eve because I felt so low. That phone call got me through a very dark period. Samaritans was there for me and I knew it was a non-judgemental space.”
You can find out more about Samaritans and the Break The Silence campaign at https://www.samaritans.org/
To read more about Samaritans and Fatemah’s story, you can pick up our bumper issue from most major supermarkets and newsagents or buy online.
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