This July, Samaritans are reminding everyone that they’re there for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7.

No-one should ever have to struggle alone. Everyone deserves – and needs – to have their troubles heard; to get much-needed support when the world feels dark and lonely. If you ever feel sad, stressed, depressed or anxious and don’t know where to turn, please know that the Samaritans are always there for you.

Why Is Talking Good For Your Mental Health?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings helps you process and deal with them. If you’ve got a lot on your mind, or there’s a worry niggling away at you, it can feel like a weight off your shoulders to open up and talk about it.

Talking over your problems helps to give you perspective, too. Sometimes, that one thing you’ve been agonising over for days can suddenly seem less important when you say it out loud. You may even find a solution to your problem as you talk through it.

It’s healthy to talk. Your mental health can suffer when you keep worries and fears bottled up inside. You feel more stressed, anxious and, sometimes, depressed. Sharing your troubles helps you relieve these pent-up feelings.


Samaritans are there to listen to you, 24/7. You can call them any time of day or night at on 116 123 for FREE. Your call will be answered by a non-judgemental volunteer who will listen, support and advise you, no matter your problem. The Samaritans will never force you to make decisions or tell you what to do – this is a safe space for you to talk and be heard.

If talking to someone makes you feel worried or anxious, you can always write down your thoughts. You can put it in an email and send it to jo@samaritans.org

Samaritans have a response time of 24 hours to emails.

You can even write a letter, if you like, and send it to Freepost SAMARITANS LETTERS. The Samaritans will aim to reply to your letter within 7 days. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar, or writing a masterpiece – all that matters is that you get your worries and thoughts onto the paper.

More Support

Hidden Strength are also here to help you with your mental health struggles. We’ve got lots of supportive advice about coping with the most common mental health issues – click on the links below to read more about:

Mental health: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/mental-health/

Bullying: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/bullying/

Drugs medication: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/drugs-and-medication/

Family & relationships: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/family-and-relationships/

Online: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/online/

Wellbeing & health: https://ionpadel.com/advice/for-me/well-being-and-health/


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