The Festival Branch of the Samaritans has been going to festivals for over 25 years now, and they will be there once again this year offering 24 hour emotional support to anyone who is in crisis.
In previous years the festival branch of the Samaritans have been there to provide a supportive ear to many upset, depressed or even suicidal people, and they are fully expecting to do the same this year.
Festivals are about having a good time aren't they - So why Samaritans at a festival?
At any event where there are thousands of people having a great time, there are inevitably some who are not. Sometimes people arrive hoping to forget about their problems, but the sight of so many seemingly happy people can make them feel even worse. Others can arrive feeling relatively OK, but something happens during the event which leaves them feeling low.
Callers can discuss anything that's getting them down, no matter how serious or how trivial and the conversation is completely confidential. Whether people feel suicidal or not they are given the opportunity to talk through whatever is on their mind with a non-judgemental volunteer who is trained to listen.
Samaritans will always respect your decisions and do not impose their own views.
Festival Branch is a Branch of The Samaritans like any other, except that they don't have a building and you can't contact them by telephone! Instead, they go to events throughout Britain, predominantly music festivals - including T in the Park, V and Reading/Leeds - but also biker events, dance events, Lesbian/Gay Pride, Crisis Open Christmas, etc. and provide a Samaritan service. Last year, Samaritans attended 17 events.
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