The charity is preparing for a particularly demanding winter providing emotional support for those in need following on from a year which it says has been “like no other.”
In a statement, Samaritans said: “Many people will be feeling even more isolated at Christmas due to social distancing. They may have lost a loved one to coronavirus, or feel anxious in these uncertain times. For many people struggling to cope, we will be the only lifeline open when many other services are closed.”
Volunteers are being sought to help out on their national helpline and locally at their Dumfries office on Loreburn Street, which has been running on a reduced capacity throughout the pandemic.
The Samaritans added that by supporting the charity this Christmas, “you’re helping make sure we’re there to listen, when someone needs us most. You’re helping us answer their call or reply to their email so they know they’re not alone. Your support today can help them change their story.”
To donate £5 simply text TALKXMAS to the mobile number 70490.
If you need to speak to someone at Samaritans, you call at any time on 116123.