SAMARITANS ISLE OF MAN TACKLES SUICIDE HEAD-ON
The Island’s local Samaritans branch has been given a funding boost as it works to tackle suicide prevention on the Isle of Man.
A grant of £11,000 has been awarded to the charity by Manx Lottery Trust, which will be used to reach out to local people who are struggling emotionally and to let them know its volunteers are there for them should they need support, before they reach crisis point.
Samaritans provides support for anyone who is stressed, in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide. The service is run by volunteers who offer a lifeline for people when they need it the most. Every six seconds the charity receives a call for help, and listening volunteers are essential in answering these calls and are contactable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Lesley Moughtin from Samaritans Isle of Man said: ‘When a person on the Isle of Man makes the choice to end their life, it has a huge impact on our community and that pain is felt Island-wide. We believe that there are few local people who have not been touched by suicide in some way and we want to do what we can to stop people reaching a point where they feel it is their only option.
‘Samaritans is a charity in demand for people in need of emotional help, and many organisations within the Isle of Man health service, emergency services and other third parties directly refer their service users to us, as the only service offering support 24/7.
‘This funding will allow us to launch a local promotional campaign to directly reach out to the people who need our help, a campaign which will centre around early intervention - something that has been shown to save lives. Before now, we simply haven't had the funds available to us, so I’d like to offer my sincere thanks to Manx Lottery Trust for providing this opportunity. It really could save lives.’
Sarah Kelly, Chairman of Manx Lottery Trust, said: ‘Samaritans offers around-the-clock non-judgemental support and is a lifeline to so many people in the Isle of Man and across the UK. We’re pleased to offer this grant to the Island’s branch so it can reach out to local people who need someone to talk to.’