Samaritans Winter Campaign

Three percent of people would turn to sport for comfort; over 65s are far less likely to talk about

Three percent of people would turn to sport for comfort; over 65s are far less likely to talk about problems; 15 to 24-year-olds tend to share their emotions more and men take longer to open up than women, according to a Samaritans' survey of 2000 people across the UK.

These are just some of the findings that have formed the basis of this year's Samaritans' Winter Campaign, which encourages people of all ages and with all sorts of emotional problems to talk to their trained volunteers before it gets to a more serious stage.

Chris Hoy, MBE and Gold Olympic time trialist, is in support: "Young people face constant pressures and often feel that there is no one there to confide in. Samaritans is available 24/7 whether you want to call, e-mail or speak to someone face to face. The confidential service Samaritans offers enables you to work through your feelings without prejudice and alleviate despair, whatever the problem may be."

So if you just need someone to listen or know of someone who might benefit from the Samaritans call 08457 909090, visit http://www.samaritans.org, or email mailto:jo@samaritans.org

They're there to help with things like family issues, abuse, domestic violence, drugs, suicide or any issue that perhaps you feel you cannot tell anyone else. "We know that listening really helps people to talk through their feelings and sharing problems can be the first step towards relieving everyday pressures," said Kate Redway from the Samaritans.

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