Last week, I raised Derby Samaritans’ selfless work in helping thousands of people in the city over 60 years in Parliament.
During questions to the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Moog, I said: “I wish to put on record my admiration and support of the Samaritans and the work they do and to congratulate my local Derby branch which is celebrating 60 years of operation.
“Derby Samaritans help more than 6,000 people each year and respond to about 15,000 calls for help.
“Will the Leader of The House join me in congratulation Derby Samaritans and their incredible, selfless volunteers on the crucial work that they do?”
Friday 10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day which explored the meaning of hope and how people can stay hopeful during difficult times.
Mr Rees-Mogg added his congratulation to the branch and said: “She is right to thank the Samaritans for the work they do which saves so many lives and to recognise the commitment of Samaritan volunteers up and down the country.”
He also praised their commitment during “unsocial hours” and how they deal with “the most emotionally wrenching problems”.
I have been in awe of what the Samaritans do, especially during the pandemic.
I would certainly stand by their plea, whether you are struggling or supporting someone who is, make sure you reach out. Here is a link to the Samaritans website.