City Samaritans will be working throughout the festive period to assist anyone who needs help at a time of year when loneliness can really hit home.
Volunteers at the Sheffield branch of the Samaritans will be available to talk round-the-clock, just like every other day of the year, on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The charity said the pressure to have a good time at Christmas can magnify some people’s sense of isolation.
Branch director Sandra Waters said: “Someone contacts Samaritans every six seconds. Problems don’t go away just because it’s Christmas, so if you’re finding it hard to look forward to the festive season, we’re here for you.
“If it’s too difficult to open up to friends or family, or you feel you have no one who will listen, talk to us. We’ll keep whatever you say safe, we won’t judge and we’ll help you find a way through. It may be your first Christmas without your children because of a separation. Or you may be bereaved, or struggling with redundancy, debt, your health, relationships or family issues. It’s OK to not be having a good time, and you don’t have to put on a brave face for us.”
Call Samaritans free on 116 123.