A MESSAGE FROM ALAN & JANICE:
It has been 35 years since I first applied to become a Samaritans Hotline Volunteer, a decision that changed my life,
Happiness can be hard to find, as is the ability to feel you can do something that makes a difference, that makes the world we are living in kinder and more responsive.
But at Samaritans I found that place, populated by like-minded souls who wanted to do something that was meaningful and be part of something bigger than ourselves.
And that's what we found at Samaritans, a community of people devoted to the belief that everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their life, and what could be more valuable than to be there when they do!
Because knowing there is a place to turn, someone to talk to who will take you seriously and listen to what you are going through can make all the difference.
The forces that lead to suicide and self-harming behavior touch people of every age, race, culture, socioeconomic and sexual identity. Every problem, difficulty, disaster and illness that people experience can lead to depression, trauma and personal tragedy, even for those who have a loving family, lead a productive life, have a successful career and have access to quality healthcare.
Samaritans 24-hour hotline, public education program that trains people how to respond to those at-risk and our support groups for survivors of suicide loss all let people know that they matter and there are people who care about their wellbeing.
Please join Janice and me in supporting this wonderful cause and the work of so many devoted Samaritans Volunteers who don't just talk about helping other people in need, but step up and do something about it!
Wishing you all the best.
Alan Ross and Janice Dompke