This story is by Adrian Simpson, a listening volunteer in Kent & Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs at QASSS – see photo. The aim of all SAMS is to reduce the number of suicides, currently over 6,500 a year in the UK. COVID19 has seen the demand rise further with many more 1st time callers. This at a time when many of the volunteers themselves have personal concerns arising from the pandemic, alongside the rest of the country. Despite this the volunteers have worked hard to maintain the service in challenging times, remaining calm and sympathetic whilst putting their personal worries aside. The need is now at its highest since inception in 1953. In the circumstances, I am happy to ask if any of our readers can help:
- To meet the ongoing demand, the SAMS are continuing to recruit and train new volunteers during this difficult period. The training is excellent, supportive & free. All you provide is the time
- If you or someone you know is in emotional distress
- As a charity, they rely on donations to keep going.
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