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Joined November 2011
❌Myth: It’s obvious when somebody is feeling lonely  ✅Truth: Loneliness isn’t always easy to spot, people can seem chatty, supported and active on social media but still be experiencing loneliness. The only real way to know if somebody is feeling lonely is to talk about it.
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Quick Friday reminder: we’re here all weekend if you need us, whatever you’re going through, we’ll listen. 💚
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Self-love is making sure we give ourselves the same kindness that we would give to others 💚
The most valuable relationship you have is the one with yourself, so recognising the ways you can nurture it is vital 💚 @happifulhq have shared 7 steps to practise self-love successfully 👉 happiful.com/7-steps-to-prac…
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We’ve put together our top five tips to help you become the best listener you can be for #NationalConversationWeek 🙌👇 1/6
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Firstly, start off by showing you care by… Focusing on the other person 👨🏾‍🤝‍👨🏽 Making eye contact 👁 Putting away your phone 📱2/6
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Next, remember to have patience… It may take some time and a few attempts before someone is ready to open up. Give them time to think through what they’re saying, keep in mind they might find it difficult to articulate what they're feeling. 3/6
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Open questions are key to being a good listener... but what are they exactly?🤔 They’re questions that… 🟢Need more than a yes/no answer 🟢Don’t impose a point of view 🟢Help someone pause, think, and then hopefully expand 4/6
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Try saying it back 🗣 Repeating what you’re hearing back can be reassuring, and shows you’re giving someone your undivided attention. It’s also a great tool to check you’re understanding correctly and not putting your own interpretation onto their words. 5/6
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Lastly, have courage! 💪 If it's hard to get someone to open up, try not be put off. Most importantly, don’t feel you have to fill a silence. Sometimes just having someone listen is exactly what’s needed and you don’t have to be an expert or solve their problems. 6/6
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If you’re worried someone doesn’t seem alright, it’s okay to ask them directly. It gives them permission to talk about how they feel and shows them somebody is looking out for them. Here’s how you could start a conversation 👇 #NationalConversationWeek
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If you find writing your thoughts down easier than physically talking, that’s absolutely OK – you can send us an email ✉️ Whatever works best for you. jo@samaritans.org #NationalConversationWeek
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Quick question! Do you know if your MP has signed up to create a suicide-safer internet? 1/2
7% Yes I do
93% No I don't
196 votes • Final results
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Don’t worry if you don’t, it’s really quick and easy to find out, here: bit.ly/3sXw102 We’ve also created an email template to help you ask your MP to make the pledge✉️
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If you know someone that’s going through a hard time, having a conversation and taking the time to listen to them, could go a long way. Here’s three tips to get you started 👇 #NationalConversationWeek
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The Heritage Riders are cycling 56 miles from Hull to York this week, promoting the benefits physical activity may have on our mental health. Good luck to all taking part! 🚲💚 @YorkSamaritans
@hullsamaritans are looking forward to welcoming the Heritage Riders to our Branch on Wednesday before they continue the last leg of their bike ride. Please feel free to visit Enthuse fundraising page
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If you’ve noticed some changes in your mate and you think they might not be okay, trust your gut and start up a conversation. You don’t have to be an expert, and you don't have to fix anything, just listen and show them you care. #NationalConversationWeek
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“Human connection is really important, being able to talk is really important.” 🙌 Channique is one our incredible listening volunteers, working hard to be there for anyone who needs to talk 💚 Hear more about why she volunteers with us 👇
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We hope you’re having alright start the week so far, don’t forget – we’re here if you need somebody to listen 👂 📱 116 123 ✉️ jo@samaritans.org
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We all go through difficult times and the support from those around us may help us through them. What would you say to a friend who is struggling? Let us know in the replies below 👇 We'll be sharing some of your responses next week 💚
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☕ We’re big fans of a cup of a tea and a chat, whether the talks we have over a cuppa are big, small, serious or funny – they’re so important. As it’s #InternationalTeaDay today we’re giving you a little reminder to reach out to a mate, put the kettle on and have a catch up.
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Gav is one of our amazing listening volunteers and he’s written a song to fundraise for us 🎵 It’s called ‘It’ll come and go’ - it’s based off his experience that difficult times will pass or become easier to manage in time. Thanks Gav for everything that you do 💚
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