World Mental Health Day 2022: Samaritans at King’s Cross say ‘talking really can save lives’

Samaritans spent over one million hours supporting people who called the confidential helpline last year.

Hundreds of cups of coffee are being distributed by volunteers at King’s Cross station on Monday to mark World Mental Health Day.

Samaritans and rail partners Network Rail, and Govia Thameslink Railway, as well as London North Eastern Railway have come together on Monday (October 10) to encourage rail users to look after their own and each other’s mental wellbeing.

Volunteers are on hand for a cuppa and a chat on Monday to raise awareness of Samaritans emotional support services.

Volunteers from Samaritans are around for a cuppa and a chat for World Mental Health Day 2022

The cups will feature inspirational quotes from the charity’s ‘Real People, Real Stories’ campaign, which is aimed at middle aged men who are most at risk of suicide.

5,219 people lost their lives to suicide in England last year, according to recent ONS data - this is 307 more than in 2020.

Of those 3,852 were men and 1,367 were women.

The mental health charity said that men were 2.9 times more likely to die by suicide in England than females.

And last year Samaritans volunteers spent over one million hours supporting people who called the confidential helpline.

Anne-Marie Alderson, Samaritan’s regional development lead for East Coast Main Line and North East, said: “We are so thankful to the rail industry for their support in helping us spread this important message on World Mental Health Day.

“We know it’s a really challenging time and this reminds people that there is somewhere they can turn.

“Samaritans has worked in partnership with the rail industry since 2010 to remind rail staff and the public that talking really can save lives – whether that’s with a friend, a colleague or Samaritans who are always there to listen without judgement.”

“No matter how big or small your problems feel, it is important to remember you are not alone.”

Anyone can contact Samaritans, free, 24/7, 365 days a year and if you’re going through a tough time, you don’t have to face it alone.

You can call 116 123, email [email protected], or visit www.samaritans.org.