Samaritans of Scarborough say 'Talk to Us about your coronavirus fears and other concerns, we're here for you'

Volunteers in Scarborough are urging people to get in touch with their coronavirus fears and other worries.

Samaritans of Scarborough has launched Talk to Us - a campaign highlighting the round-the-clock emotional support services it offers - in the wake of a rise in calls since the pandemic started.

Since lockdown began in March, Samaritans volunteers suggest that one in three callers talk about coronavirus.

They say many people have been feeling more anxious and distressed than before the pandemic.

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Volunteer surveys, which gathered over 3,000 responses, found the most common concerns related to coronavirus are around loneliness, isolation, mental health and illness, family, finances and unemployment.

Samaritans of Scarborough says its team have continued providing emotional support throughout the pandemic at a time when listening to others has never been more important.

Branch Director Libby Gilbert said: “Our volunteers have been working day and night to be there for anyone who is struggling in these uncertain and challenging times.

“Lockdown restrictions have had a huge impact on everyday life for many people, as we’ve been hearing over the past few months, and our volunteers have been a much-needed source of support for those whose networks haven’t been available during the pandemic. .

“Our outreach work and fundraising activity remains on hold across the country until further notice, but we hope that the public can continue to support us in any way they can, to ensure that our volunteers can continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.”

Samaritans of Scarborough is encouraging the local community to show its support by offering a donation or having a look around the branch’s shop in Hanover Road, behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre, which has recently been updated.

Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit.

They can also be emailed at [email protected]

For more information on how to help the charity, visit www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/talk-us/ or join in the conversation on social media using #TalkToUs.

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