On Tuesday 22nd January, the Sixth Form had the chance to hear from Samaritans Wolverhampton. The Samaritans is a nationwide charity that aims to help millions of people a year battle mental illness. We met with Georgia, Fred and Steff, who took us through the aims of the organisation and to remind us that we are not alone.
Samaritans helps people of all ages nationwide and even globally to have someone to talk to. It runs a confidential phone line and in 2016 received as many as 5.7 million calls for help. This shows that everyone needs someone to talk to no matter your background, age, race or gender. I feel this talk was very important, as people my age seem to have trouble opening up about their troubles and problems like stress, anxiety and depression, especially around exam time meaning we can’t help ourselves get any better. Mental health is a subject we shouldn’t shy away from, it’s just as important as your physical health.
‘Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
We’re here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it’s best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don’t have to be suicidal to call us’
– Holly Place, Year 12