Looking at my WordPress stats over the last year, I can see that one of my most popular posts is the one in which I give the number on which you can text the Samaritans. The Samaritans are a telephone listening service in the UK, often associated with suicide prevention.
Every single time I get a view on that post, I feel hopeful. Hopeful that it has helped someone to reach out. Hopeful that someone, somewhere, has been able to contact the Samaritans in a way that they feel comfortable with.
I know there are pros and cons to calling or otherwise contacting a listening service. I know it sometimes helps and sometimes doesn’t. I’ve both worked for one, and called some. But sometimes the very act of reaching out can let you feel less alone.
I know some people who read my post will never pick up that phone… but some will. I hope that they find what they need.