Every July, suicide prevention charity, Samaritans, holds Talk to Us month, to raise awareness about the services they offer and to encourage more people to open up about how they’re feeling.
Samaritans is a charity that aims to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness – feelings that can lead to suicidal thoughts.
Talk to Us month is an annual campaign that encourages people to get chatting about how they’re really feeling, whether that be with a friend or family member, or a Samaritans volunteer.
Every year, Samaritans respond to over five million calls, texts, emails, letters and face to face meetings, with over 20,000 volunteers listening to worries and providing support every six seconds.
— Samaritans (@samaritans) July 1, 2019
It can be hard to open up to friends and family, with worries that they won’t understand, or not wanting to upset them. Samaritans understand this and are here to listen, no matter what you’re going through.
This year, Talk to Us month coincides with the Samarathon – a challenge to walk, jog or run 26.2 miles throughout July, raising money for Samaritans in the process.
The benefits of exercise on mental health are well-documented, and while exercise is not a substitute for professional mental health support, it’s a great way of expending energy, releasing any frustrations and can be an excuse to grab a friend for a chat this Talk to Us month.
The more people that open up about their mental health, the more the stigma decreases. Make sure to lend an ear to a friend or family member too, this Talk to Us month – a simple conversation can have a huge impact.
You can sign up as an individual or group here.