Samaritans are there for you every day – including Christmas

Don't despair, call The Samaritans
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Central Scotland Samaritans will have volunteers available around the clock during the festive period, providing a supportive ear for anyone who needs to talk.

More than 45 per cent of men who responded to an online survey by Samaritans said they felt more worried at Christmas than any other time of the year.

While many people will be spending the holidays with friends and family, more than a third of male respondents admitted to feeling lonely at Christmas.

Men are also much less likely than women to have a positive view of counselling and when they do use these services it is at the point of crisis.

The charity is encouraging men to seek help and consider calling Samaritans if things are getting to them over the festive period.

Dr Michel McClung said: “Many of our callers have told us that Christmas is a tough time for them.

“That is why our volunteers will be available around the clock, including Christmas Day.”

Elizabeth, who will be volunteering on December 25, said: “We answer lots of calls over Christmas and many of those are from men who feel their family would be better off without them.

“That’s why it’s so important volunteers are there for those men when they need to talk and anyone who needs us over this period.”

Samaritans relies on the remarkable dedication of its volunteers, as well as kind donations from the public.

Supporters can help Samaritans answer every phone call over Christmas by donating just £4 at www.samaritans.org/donate