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Supporting suicide prevention ²gether

Shaun Clee, Chief Executive of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust today joined dedicated Samaritans volunteers to officially open the charity’s refurbished Gloucester city branch.

Samaritans provide confidential and emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.

The charity based at Park End Road, Gloucester GL1 5AT has provided a valuable service to the people of Gloucestershire and surrounding areas for over 20 years. It receives more than 36,000 telephone calls and face-to-face contacts each year and currently has more than 100 volunteers that provide free emotional support for 2-3 hours per week.

Shaun said: “Working alongside volunteer groups such as the Samaritans is absolutely key to helping improve people’s emotional health and reduce the risk of suicide across Gloucestershire. It is an integral part of our county’s Suicide Prevention Strategy and I was honoured to participate in the opening ceremony.

Nigel, a volunteer at Samaritans Gloucester and District, said: “The new surroundings are comfortable, professional and have dedicated visitor rooms and a new call centre area.

“It helps improve the working environment for our volunteers and will provide better surroundings for us to deliver support to the people who use our services.”

Shaun continued: “All branches of The Samaritans are set up as their own individual charity so refurbishing the centre has taken a lot of hard work and commitment. It is a real achievement for everyone involved.

“²gether will continue to work with organisations across Gloucestershire to raise awareness of emotional wellbeing.”