You don’t have to face it alone
Having struggled with alcohol in the past and finding himself homeless, Darran turned to Samaritans when he was finding life tough.
It was pretty difficult the first time I rang Samaritans. I was homeless by that point and drinking quite heavily. I’d had suicide attempts in the past, but a lot of that was when I was drunk.
Half of the battle when you find yourself in these positions is just being listened to, properly listened to.
I woke up one morning and I didn’t have that to hide behind and I didn’t want to not be there. It just so happens I was in that moment and I didn’t know what I was going to do. I reached out and called Samaritans and I’m really glad I did.
For me, talking to someone feels like a sense of achievement. I get a rush of emotion when someone listens. You don’t have to face it alone, you can get there, just speak to someone.
You don’t have to face it alone, you can get there, just speak to someone.
Darran has now been a listening volunteer for three years and is sharing his story to encourage other people who may be struggling to seek help by calling Samaritans.
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