It’s the Big Listen!

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia

Are you listening?

Tomorrow (Wednesday, July 24th) Samaritans branches across the UK and Ireland hold local events to talk about the services they offer in their communities.

Whether it’s a coffee morning or bake sale, Talk to Us is one of the ways the Samaritans raise awareness that they’re here – for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7, without judgement or pressure.

Ruby Wax, David Walliams, Michelle Heaton, Sir Paul McCartney and Hussain Manawer are among the well-known personalities supporting Samaritans’ 24-hour fundraising push, The Big Listen, which kicks off at midday. The aim is to show how really listening to another person can be the first step to saving a life and to raise as much cash as possible to help keep Samaritans’ 24-hour emotional support line going.

You can champion The Big Listen or to make a donation (see below) and you could win one of many amazing prizes, revealed over the 24 hours.

Samaritans volunteers will be out in force at railway stations across the UK, sporting giant ears and handing out copies of Samaritans’ SHUSH Listening Tips. Everyone they meet will be encouraged to take a selfie wearing giant ears and share, using #TheBigListen.

What are SHUSH Listening Tips?

  • Show you care
  • Have patience
  • Use open questions
  • Say it back
  • Have courage.

Make sure the person knows where to get help and look after yourself. Read more.

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