Listening can save lives and help prevent suicide

People’s mental health has never been more at the forefront than now which is why we are supporting The Samaritans campaign – Talk to us, We Listen.
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In Healthwatch Hampshire we have heard from many people telling us about how the pandemic and lockdown have affected their mental health. It was one of the biggest topics that came up in our What Matters Most survey.  

Every July 24, The Samaritans run a campaign to remind those who are struggling that they are here to listen 24/7 and that you are not alone in your troubles. They have recorded an increase in calls and contact during the pandemic.  

You can read their research here: https://www.samaritans.org/about-samaritans/research-policy/coronavirus-and-suicide/one-year-on-data-on-covid-19/ 

If you don’t want to call The Samaritans but are looking for advice and support, they have some really useful advice and information on their website about how to look after your mental health:  

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/if-youre-worried-about-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ 

The Samaritans also have a Self-Help app which you can download to track your moods and follow self-care advice and programmes to look after your mental health every day:  

https://selfhelp.samaritans.org/ 

At Healthwatch Hampshire we can also signpost you to local mental health and wellbeing support services if you are struggling to find the help you need. You can get in touch with us here.

If you are going through a hard time and need someone to talk to:  

  • Call the Samaritans free on 116 123 

  • If you prefer, you can email them: jo@samaritans.org 

Find out more here:  

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/ 

Here is a list of other useful organisations for specific problems:  

https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/if-youre-having-difficult-time/other-sources-help/ 

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