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Real People, Real Stories

For men under the age of 50, suicide is still the biggest killer. The Samaritans has launched a new campaign called “Real People, Real Stories” that seeks to share the stories of men who have gone through difficult times and highlights the fact that 2 in 5 men in England, Scotland and Wales between the ages of 20 to 59 just don’t seek help when they need it.

Having worked with Samaritans for a number of years, I can certainly recommend the value of talking to another human being about what really matters to you. I, like the Samaritans, recognise that it’s not always easy to talk to friends and family, you don’t want to be a burden, they know you too well, you worry about their reaction to what you really want to day. There are so many reasons why you might just keep it all to yourself.

It doesn’t need to be like that – there are people at the end of the phone 24 hours a day to speak with you, to listen and to hear what you want to say. This is what the Samaritans do.

Alternatively, if you are looking for counsellors in Lancaster or counsellors in Preston and want to talk about how you feel, face to face in a safe and confidential environment within the private practice sector, please call me at Well Life Counselling any time.

It really is ok not to be ok and talking to a counsellor or the Samaritans can be a life-saver. Don’t wait any longer – pick up the phone now and start talking about how you feel.

 

Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123

Well Life Counselling can be contacted on 07885 735687

Calling all Men this “MOVEMBER”

According to the Movember Foundation, globally, a man dies by suicide every minute. The foundation does great work in promoting men’s health; both physical and mental, raising awareness of the dangers of testicular and prostate cancer and poor mental health and asking why there are so many men taking their own lives. Don’t we keep saying that men don’t talk enough about emotions and what really matters? Why can’t men talk about how they feel? Without a doubt, the answer will be multifaceted. As a counsellor and psychotherapist there is one thing I know for sure and that is that talking is good. If you’re a man out there and you need help but have been struggling alone for too long, maybe it’s time to take a chance on talk. It could be a friend, colleague, father or brother or maybe you would feel better talking to someone completely disconnected with your life – that’s the time to seek out a good therapist. There’s nothing mysterious about therapy – it’s mostly just talking and it might be the best thing you ever did.

The MOVEMBER FOUNDATION can be found at https://uk.movember.com/?home

The SAMARITANS is also a great place to begin the conversation by calling 116 123

You can also call me at WELL LIFE COUNSELLING and see how I can help you.