The Samaritans

Unfortunately Calling the Helpline Can Be a Bit Hit and Miss - So What Can Be Done to Improve the Service and Accountability?

Sanchita Islam | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK
Sanchita Islam

I cherish, value and laud all those impeccably kind Samaritans. Maybe it's a question of training and getting feedback; I don't want to be cynical I want to believe that every volunteer who gives up their time genuinely cares and I believe the vast majority do.

There Is No Shame in Feeling Suicidal, For Some People It Is Habitual

Sanchita Islam | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sanchita Islam

It was the day after Christmas, in the early hours, that I finally called the Samaritans. I wasn't sure why I called at that precise moment, my voice was strained because I had been bottling things up for weeks thinking it was better to be stoic and struggle on like everyone else does.

How to Help Young Adults With Mental Health Issues

Martha Roberts | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Martha Roberts

As I drove home from a recent night out, a young woman stumbled out of the darkness into the road ahead of me. She was extremely distressed so I offered to drive her home. During our journey, Lara* told me that her dad hated her and that she was totally devastated by this...

It's Okay Not to Be Okay

Garreth MacNamee | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Garreth MacNamee

I'm that sad clown, a cliche wrapped in another f***ing cliche, sitting in a living room typing in the dark. I never thought my mental health was that bad - even when I was placed in a locked ward as psych staff took my belt, shoe strings and lighter.

Family Of Dead London Marathon Runner Set Up Charity In Her Name

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK

A charity is being set up in tribute to a runner who died in the London Marathon this year. Family and friends of Claire Squires are working to set...

Why the Public Sector are Right to Strike

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

The public sector, in my opinion is the most important of all the job areas in the UK, for they are the people employed to maintain some sense of order and safety amongst all us everyday loons who fart about on a daily basis landing ourselves in all sorts of mishaps.

Tragic Claire Squires Set To Be Buried Next To Her Brother

PA | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK

A woman whose supporters helped raise more than £1 million for charity after her death in this year's London Marathon will be buried next to her brot...