Open day planned at Western Isles Samaritans branch

Suicide prevention message
Suicide prevention message

World Suicide Prevention Day takes place on September 10th and Samaritans of the Western Isles reminds people about the importance of getting in touch and sharing your problems.

A recent YouGov survey published by Samaritans indicated that a third (33 per cent) of people in the UK would still not talk to anyone about their feelings if they were suicidal.

Men are three times more likely to die by suicide. Samaritans believes that many of them don’t feel able to talk about their emotions and bottle them up.

The national helpline charity has launched a five-year campaign to get all men talking about their feelings, especially working class men in their 30s, 40s and 50s.

The Western Isles branch currently has 21 volunteers and responded to 2,816 calls last year, including telephone, email, text and face to face contacts. The branch in Cromwell Street, Stornoway will be having an Open Day on Thursday 10th September from 9am-9pm to give people the opportunity to call in and meet some of the volunteers and to find out more about the work of Samaritans.

Marion France, Chair of Western Isles Samaritans said, “Around 6,000 people die by suicide, across the UK and Ireland, each year. Each suicide is one too many and we need to remind people about the value of sharing our problems.

“Samaritans is here 24 hours a day, even in the middle of the night, for anyone needing someone to turn to about their worries.”

Samaritans is available for anyone feeling down and depressed or struggling to cope. Volunteers can be contacted round the clock to offer support on: 08457 90 90 90, email:, or face-to-face visit for details of your local branch.