Samaritans event will show there’s always help at hand

Samaritans will be hosting a well-being event in the town centre on Saturday, offering advice on how to look after your mental health.

Samaritans are there to offer support at times of crisis for everyone. On Saturday, they’ll be meeting people outside the Whitgift Centre

Working together with other local groups and the council, the aim will be to raise awareness of the support available for those who aren’t coping and may need some extra help.

The event will run from 10am to 5pm and will see Samaritans’ volunteers lending a listening ear from their “We Listen” campaign trailer, outside the Whitgift Centre on North End.

Croydon Council’s Money Advice Service and Live Well Team, Off the Record Youth Counselling and Imagine Independence are also setting up a stall to chat to shoppers.

Barry Gilhooly, the director of the local Samaritans branch, said: “This is a great opportunity to meet a range of people and let them know that anyone can contact Samaritans for free. People talk to us about a wide range of issues including worries about family, relationships, bereavement, work, health and money.

“We are here to listen and provide emotional support, no matter what issues people are dealing with. We’re grateful to Croydon Council and everyone else involved in helping us to share information about the different types of support available in our community.”

Among those forms of help, as well as the Samaritans, GPs and other counselling, befriending and debt advice services are available. Residents can also get online help at, which has useful tips.

Samaritans responds to more than 5.7 million calls for help every year, offering emotional support by phone, email, text and face to face in its 201 branches across Britain and Ireland.

Anyone can contact Samaritans. Whatever you’re going through, call for free any time from any phone on 116 123 (this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill), email, or visit to find details of your nearest branch.

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