The Samaritans are urging students, parents and teachers to look after their mental health over the coming weeks during the exam season. (Read more here; https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/news/samaritans-urge-students-put-wellbeing-ahead-exam-results/)
Have you ever considered volunteering with Samaritans?
Giving some time to be a Samaritan means being there for people who desperately need someone. And that really matters.
Right now the Samaritans need volunteers more than ever. Find out how you can help.
Samaritans Ireland is looking for volunteers who can give up three hours a week to those most in need.
There are now 21 Samaritans branches across the country with over 1,800 active volunteers on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Samaritans are best known for the vital support given to callers on its 24-hour telephone service, but volunteers are also on hand to offer support by text messages, email and face-to-face in communities, festival, outreach events and in prisons.
Mary, a carer, began volunteering with Samaritans over 12 years ago.
“During my time with Samaritans I have learned so much. I’ve grown and developed as a person and the sense of satisfaction I get from knowing I was able to help and support someone is the best feeling,” she said.
“For me, Samaritans is a family and we offer each other help and support whenever we need it - whether we are dealing with something personal in our lives or with a challenging call. My experience of volunteering with Samaritans has been life-changing. It takes commitment and dedication, but you’ll be paid back a hundredfold.”
Enda, an air traffic controller, has been volunteering since 2012.
“Anyone can be a Samaritan as long as you believe in what you’re doing and you’re willing to listen,” he said.
“Allowing someone the space to talk, and really listening to what they want to talk about, are skills I’ve tried to adhere to both on and off duty.
“What really drives me though are the callers and knowing that by being there to pick up the phone I may have given them a beacon of hope. No matter where you are in life, the need to be heard and the need for empathy are things that will be with us always.”
As a listening volunteer you’ll answer calls and messages from people who really need someone to talk to.
Every six seconds someone contacts us. Every six seconds we can help someone turn their life around. As a listening volunteer you get the chance to make a real difference to someone’s future.
You’ll receive full training to prepare you for the kinds of conversations you’ll have. And when you start out, you’ll have a mentor with you, to give you confidence you’re doing the right thing.
You’ll gain a range of new skills and the confidence to use them, including the ability to understand people and manage difficult conversations. Many employers value these kinds of skills.
There are lots of other things you could do to support the Samaritans – marketing our services, fundraising, organising events, providing IT support or helping out in one of our shops. It all depends what you want to do and what you’re good at.
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Samaritans are required day and night - watch a video about the night volunteer campaign here;
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