The Big Listen, Samaritans’ awareness campaign will be coming to The Spires Shopping Centre in Barnet on Saturday 21 July.

The Big Listen, Samaritans’ nationwide awareness campaign will be coming to The Spires Shopping Centre in Barnet on Saturday 21 July. The initiative aims to demonstrate to Barnet residents how listening to another person can be the first step to saving a life.

Samaritans volunteers and London Borough of Barnet Council staff will be teaming up to share wellbeing tips and highlight the support available for anyone in the community who may be struggling to cope.

John Pyatt, volunteer and Director of Samaritans’ North London Branch said: “As Samaritans volunteers, we know that listening to someone can help them feel less alone. 

“Not everyone will feel ready or able to talk to family, friends or colleagues, but the more we promote what good listening is, and how you encourage others to talk, the more we hope people will open up to someone they trust before they reach crisis point.”

“We’re here to listen and support, no matter what you’re dealing with. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to talk with shoppers, local people, to let them know that anyone can contact Samaritans for free. We’re grateful to London Borough of Barnet Council and everyone involved for helping us to spread the word about our support services in the area.”

Councillor Lisa Rutter, Aging Well and Mental Health Champion for London Borough of Barnet, said: “We want Barnet to be a place where everyone feels confident to talk about mental health openly and honestly, knowing that there are people there to listen and help.”

“Working in partnership with Samaritans means the charity can spread awareness of how it can support people and help improve wellbeing with its team of volunteers.”

Anyone can contact Samaritans any time, for free, on 116 123, even by a mobile without credit. The number will not show up on your phone bill. You can also email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.