Leeds Samaritans stage listening event

HELP: Samaritans volunteer Bob Howe at Leeds City Station.
HELP: Samaritans volunteer Bob Howe at Leeds City Station.
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Samaritans in Leeds are set to be all ears for The Big Listen this month.

Volunteers will be at Leeds City Station on July 24 to show how really listening to another person can be the first step to saving a life.

It is part of 24-hour nationwide campaign to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Volunteer Bob Howe, from Samaritans’ branch in Leeds, said: “As many as one in five adults have thought about taking their own life at some point. When people feel like that, they need to be able to talk about it, which means they need people to listen.

“As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone at a low point can help them feel less alone. It makes them more able to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings and gives them the time and space to reflect and move on.

“Not everyone will feel ready or able to talk to family, friends or colleagues, but the more we promote what good listening is, and how you encourage others to talk, the more we hope people will open up to someone they trust before they reach crisis point. With The Big Listen, we’re asking people to give, share and save a life.”

Volunteers will be on the station concourse between 7am and 11am. They will engage with the public and hand out Caller contact cards and SHUSH listening tip cards.

The nationwide Big Listen will culminate in a marathon 24-hour event, kicking off at noon on July 24.

Famous faces from across the worlds of sport, music, TV, entertainment, business and fashion will be lending their support and donating prizes.

Funds raised by The Big Listen will help Samaritans keep its services free for anyone who needs them, as well as helping to recruit, train and support volunteers and run local branches across the UK and the Irish Republic.

See www.samaritans.org/media-centre/big-listen for more information.