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The Samaritans

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Vince_Ulam, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Anyone reading this, whether you're having a rough time or not, jot down the number of the Samaritans and keep it somewhere memorable because you never know when you might need it: 116 123 (UK & ROI).

    @TES_Rosaline, please consider pinning this thread. Thank you.
     
  2. nervousned

    nervousned Occasional commenter

    116 123 (UK & ROI).

    For emphasis
     
  3. PGat

    PGat New commenter

    Once when I was in a dark place when teaching I used the Samaritans. Just having someone to talk to who listens without passing judgement or giving advice kept me going. The first call is hard to make but it is surprisingly easy after that. I can't thank them enough. If you are ever very low don't be afraid or embarrassed to make that call.
     
  4. thekillers

    thekillers Established commenter

    Better than Teacher Support Network for instant and anonymous chat.
     
  5. slingshotsally

    slingshotsally Star commenter

  6. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Yep, and you can talk to them about anything at all.
     
  7. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I lost two close relatives in the same year, career all over the place, rubbish health and surrounded by bellends. Yes, 2015 was tasty. I made one call to these guys and the friendly chap I spoke to actually got me laughing. We shared the same black humour. Sometimes you need that vindication from a total stranger that life is indeed utterly abysmal at times, it is unfair...and yet...worth it.
     
  8. nervousned

    nervousned Occasional commenter

    Bump (and please sticky TES)
     
  9. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Lead commenter

    Essential information, but how sad that this is necessary.
    On second thoughts, how disgusting that this is necessary.
     
  10. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  11. nervousned

    nervousned Occasional commenter

    Thank you Vince for writing it
     
  12. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Fantastic idea, wonderful responses too.

    What a sad reflection on the morale of our profession! I would really like to know how many people involved in the education service have called this charity phone line.
     
  13. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    That would be another thread!! You have to laugh, you really have to...
     
  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Like this idea...
     
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  15. y4me

    y4me New commenter

    I have used them - never thought I would ever need to at one time, but things got so on top of me a couple of years ago, that I just needed an impartial ear!
     
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  16. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member


    You're welcome @Vince_Ulam. Thank you for your useful and helpful suggestion.
     
  17. JosieWhitehead

    JosieWhitehead Lead commenter

    Sometimes when you feel really down about something or usually someone who has broken your heart, you feel so alone and imagine that nobody else has to go through this. You sometimes think that you've done something to deserve what has happened - and I'll bet you that if you spoke to everyone you met walking down your road, you'd find that almost nobody has gone through life and not needed the love and understanding of a friend. When you get over it you will have it in your heart to love, care and at least understand other people who are going through the same things. Women often will talk to each other and support each other but I've found that men often clamp shut and they suffer far more because of doing this. Looking outwards with love, and listening rather than speaking, is something we should all do more often in life. The Samaritans have these very people volunteering to listen and help. They're truly wonderful people.
     
  18. Skychaserhigh

    Skychaserhigh New commenter

    Ginger Wildheart and Ryan Hamilton have collaborated on a charity single, which can be pledged for on the roundrecords website. All money goes to the Samaritans.
    2 fabulous artists who both speak openly about their depression and mental health. Pop Rock at its finest. If you find the song you will see why I can't post a link!
     
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  19. fishtoe

    fishtoe New commenter

    Doing m training now - when asked what had influenced me I wanted to say this pinned post!!
     
  20. honeymarmalade

    honeymarmalade Occasional commenter

    You can email them too

    jo@samaritans.org

    Your name doesn't go through - they just get an email from 'a contact'
     
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