From the 3rd February Dunoon residents will have access to free confidential face to face support provided by the Samaritans one afternoon each week at the Volunteer Centre in Edward St, Dunoon. The service provided by volunteers from Inverclyde and Glasgow will be available between 12noon and 4pm every Monday and no appointment is necessary – just drop in. Samaritans volunteers will be there to support anyone feeling down, depressed, distressed or struggling to cope, offering a confidential service where people can speak freely without fear of being judged.
Joe Brown, Regional Convenor said ‘People talk to Samaritans in their own way about whatever is troubling them. They will often talk to us about things that they might not share with anyone else, including suicidal feelings. For some people, talking to Samaritans is the first step in dealing with the worries they face. This can help them to develop the strength and confidence to develop their own strategies and solutions’.
The project is a partnership between The Samaritans, Argyll Voluntary Action and the Argyll & Bute Choose Life initiative This will be the Samaritans first project in Argyll & Bute although they are actively seeking opportunities to work in other parts of the area and have been engaged in awareness raising in Oban.
Tracy Preece, Argyll & Bute Choose Life Coordinator highlighted the importance of speaking to someone about feelings of low mood saying ‘Choose Life is part of the Scottish Governments strategy to reduce deaths by suicide across Scotland. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide when events in life feel overwhelming, talking to someone about those feelings and thoughts is important in keeping yourself safe. We are really pleased to be able to support Samaritans and promote their work in Argyll & Bute’.
If you are interested in supporting the development of services in Oban or want to find out more about accessing the Dunoon service then contact firstname.lastname@example.org If you need to speak to someone about your feelings or thoughts of suicide contact the Samaritans on 08457 909090.