The Friends of Buxton Station (FoBS) have worked in partnership with Buxton and High Peak Samaritans and DB Cargo (UK) to display a “World Mental Health Day” message to encourage volunteers to come forward.
Jill Pearson, Director of Buxton and High Peak Samaritans, explained: “We would love this international commemoration event to be a trigger for those who are able to ‘be there for people’ who desperately need someone. Our incredible volunteers offer their time to help to deliver our 24-hour emotional support service to callers in many ways, from answering telephones and emails, to fundraising, generating publicity, administration and finance.
“You don’t need to have been through a particular life experience or be from a certain walk of life. Anyone who wants to help others, is tolerant and open-minded is encouraged to apply. The FoBS banner is a great way to spread this message.”
Dave Carlisle, FoBS Chairman, added: “Green is the traditional colour of hope. It also happens to be the very same colour as the banner promoting the Samaritans. We hope that anyone seeing the banner will be heartened to take that first step and offer to help.”
Kathryn Oldale, Head of Strategy, Policy and Communications at DB Cargo UK, said: “Samaritans is a lifeline to people who are struggling with what life throws at them during these difficult times. As our chosen charity for DB Cargo UK’s corporate partnership, we support the tremendous work they provide to our railway industry colleagues and the wider UK population. We are proud to be able to support this initiative in Buxton for such a worthwhile cause.”
Anyone struggling to cope with personal difficulty at any time of day or night is invited to contact Samaritans by phoning 116 123 (Freephone, no charge) or emailing Jo@samaritans.org.
If you’d like to volunteers with your local Samaritans branch, visit their website to find out more information.
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