Volunteers from Swindon & District Samaritans feature in a new video promoting the organisation's work.
The film emphasises the fact that Samaritans volunteers are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to listen to anybody who needs them.
It focuses on the impact of covid-19 on the kinds of calls volunteers have been taking, and shines a light on some of the reasons why people are getting in touch. It also gives an insight into what it's like to be a volunteer at this time.
The video - it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asR7IIX_Uv4 - is being shared on social media as part of Samaritans’ latest awareness campaign, called Talk To Us.
The Swindon & District branch is one of 10 in the video whose volunteers discuss the current pandemic and some of the ways in which it has affected callers. The organisation has 201 branches nationwide.
Volunteer Branch Director Susie Higgs said: “Our volunteers were happy to take part in this powerful video.
"Lockdown has been tough for so many and I hope when people see the video, they’ll realise that they’re not alone if they’re more anxious than usual at the moment, and that Samaritans are always available to talk to.
"We’re currently providing emotional support over 7,000 times a day."
Anyone can contact Samaritans free at any time from any phone on 116 123, and the number won’t appear on phone bills. People can also visit www.samaritans.org
Samaritans is a charity and relies on public support. More information about Swindon & District Samaritans at https://www.samaritans.org/branches/swindon/