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Samaritans lend an ear at wellbeing roadshow in Coventry

Published Monday, 10 September 2018

Samaritans volunteers and Coventry City Council staff are running a roadshow on Saturday 15 September.

The show will raise awareness, share wellbeing tips and highlight support available to anyone in the community who may not be coping.

The roadshow will run from 10am to 4pm, with Samaritans volunteers providing emotional support in the We Listen trailer in Broadgate in Coventry city centre.

Also taking part will be Coventry & Warwickshire Mind and the drug and alcohol treatment service, CGL Coventry.

They will be joined by NEA Coventry, Severn Trent and the Coventry Carer Wellbeing Service, who will also be raising awareness of their support and advice services.

Sally Batley, volunteer and Deputy Director of Samaritans’ Coventry & District Branch, said: “As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening can mean to someone at a low point. It helps them deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, and gives them the time and space to reflect.

“Not everyone can talk to family, friends or colleagues, but the more we promote good listening, and encouraging others to talk, the more we hope people will open up to someone they trust before they reach crisis point.

“Samaritans volunteers are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to listen and support, no matter what you’re dealing with. They can be contacted via our free helpline, via email, text or face to face.   We’re grateful to Coventry City Council and everyone involved for helping us to spread the word about support services in the area.” 

People will have the opportunity to fill in a ‘Thank You for Listening postcard for someone who has listened to them when they needed it. The cards will be available at the roadshow.

Coventry City Councillor Kamran Caan, portfolio holder for Public Health and Sport, said: “Everyone should be able to speak about mental health with confidence and honesty. We want Coventry to be a place where everyone feels they have someone to talk to and know that there is always someone there to listen and help them when they need it.

“We are very happy to be working in partnership with Samaritans to support this day.”

Samaritans hosts a range of outreach events throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to seek help.

For further information, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.

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