Letters: Keith King, December 22, 2015

The Samaritans offers help to those in distress SUS-151123-111320001
The Samaritans offers help to those in distress SUS-151123-111320001
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As Lynn Samaritans gears up for the festive season, we know that not everyone is expecting to have a happy Christmas.If you’re struggling to cope, the pressure to have a good time can magnify your challenges and increase your sense of isolation, even if you have friends and family around you.

Which is why Samaritans volunteers in Lynn will be there round the clock for anyone who feels they need to talk, in confidence, about whatever’s getting to them – on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and every other day of the year.

Someone, somewhere contacts Samaritans every six seconds. Problems don’t go away just because everything else has stopped for Christmas, and neither do we.

It might be your first Christmas without your children because of a separation. Or you may be bereaved, or struggling with redundancy, debt, your health, relationships or family issues. It’s okay not to be having a good time, and you don’t have to put on a brave face for us. If you’re dreading the festive season, we’re here for you. If it’s too difficult to open up to friends or family, or you feel you have no one who will listen, talk to us. We’ll keep whatever you say between us, we won’t judge and we’ll help you find a way through.

You can talk to us, by phone, email or face to face in our branch. However difficult your thoughts and feelings are, knowing that we care and that we will listen can make all the difference.

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place to talk for anyone who is struggling to cope, whoever you are and whatever life has done to you. Please call 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), or 01553 761616 (local call charges apply), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit www.samaritans.org) to find details of your nearest branch.

Keith King

Director Lynn Samaritans