TW: I do talk about suicide if that's triggering you can read the prepared text under the line
You would not see this page if it wasn't for the Samaritans.
You would not see a picture with a 17th birthday card in the background.
You wouldn't know my name. Ever.
My darkest day started like every other. But a chain of events caused me to end up outside, alone. Afraid.
I didn't know what to do. Everything was too much. My life at that pointed end.
So as the rain poured I took shelter in a phone box. There I saw a half-peeled sticker with the Samaritans phone number. With no money, I dialed the free phone number.
I had a long conversation. Exposed some of my darkest thoughts. I trusted my life in the hands of a stranger.
And that call saved my life.
I would go on to make numerous phone calls to the Samaritans. Unlike the police, ChildLine or other helplines, they would not call help, they would just listen.
Being able to say anything, and knowing that was safe meant I could express my true feelings. I could share the thought's I had been repressing.
And being able to do that gave me another escape. Not one that would result in a definitive end. But one I could rely on.
If I was in a dark place again, I would not hesitate to call them.
Samaritans saved my life. And now, I'm helping them save more.
Please consider supporting me as I take on 26.2 miles across July to continue to save more lives.
Samaritans know that life can sometimes be incredibly tough. Thanks to the dedication of more than 20,000 volunteers, Samaritans can be there for anyone, whatever they are going through and whenever they are struggling to cope. They are also at the heart of local communities, working with schools, workplaces, railways, prisons, and hospitals to offer training and support, preventing suicide and helping people turn their lives around.
Samaritans’ life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without the amazing generosity of people like you supporting people like me. Thank you.