King's Lynn Samaritans say more volunteers are needed or calls will be missed
7:17am 2nd May 2014
A new appeal for life saving volunteers has been launched by the Samaritans in King's Lynn.
The charity says that sometimes listening, tweeting, answering emails can change someone's life or even save it.
It comes as new research from a British University says that around 60 per cent of people struggling with suicidal thoughts don't receive any help.
It's found around a third of those who think about taking their own life will actually try.
Suicides account for around 1-and-a-half per cent of deaths worldwide.
Kieth King is the Director of the King's Lynn branch:
"We know that when people call us, we're not always available. We try to be there when they need us but we know some times people will get an enganged tone. To overcome that we need more volunteers. Volunteering with us will give you a chance to change someone's life.
"It's not about what you know. Life experience isn't actually important because we don't use it to judge or to give advice. We are just there to listen to people, and active listening is what people don't ordinarily do, they want to give their side of the story. We are here to listen to THEIR side of the story, to what's happening to them at that particular moment in time."
If you need someone to listen, you can call the Samaritans on 08457 909090
Or you can email them on: firstname.lastname@example.org