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“#itsokaytotalk”: Hull Samaritans Support World Suicide Prevention Day.

“MEN: IT’S OKAY TO TALK!” In the run-up to World Suicide Prevention Day, (Sept 10), Hull Samaritans are backing a big push to reduce deaths by suicide, by telling men in particular that ‘It’s okay to talk’. Statistics show that men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is … Continue reading

Hull Land Train. A Great Tour. Mally Welburn for City of Culture Ambassador!

Whether you like in the area or a visitor to Hull, a “must do” activity for summer is to take a ride on Hull’s first and only Land Train run by irrepressible local writer and celebrity Mally Welburn. Starting at Victoria Square outside City Hall, this entertaining and informative tour takes in the many and … Continue reading

Press Release: Hull Samaritans: Our Text Support Service

Since its foundation in 1962 Hull Samaritans continue to offer a wide range of services in our local community, and over 9,000 people contact the Hull Branch of Samaritans each year. Samaritans is famous for being the first telephone help line ever to be set up in the UK, but did you know about the … Continue reading

Hull Samaritans Press Release: “Talk to Us Campaign”

Volunteers from Hull Samaritans will be in St. Stephen’s Shopping Complex 9am 3pm every day next week to promote our national “Talk to Us Campaign”. Last year, 67 Samaritans volunteers from the Hull branch answered 14,183 calls for help, according to the latest figures released by the national helpline charity. Overall in the region, 1,561 … Continue reading

Samaritans Listener Scheme for Prisons: Celebrating Twenty Years Work

The Samaritan organised “Listener Scheme” which supports prisoners in crisis and at risk of suicide, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday 10th September. Here is a media briefing, which describes how Hull Samaritans contribute to a scheme about which the Ministry of Justice says, “Many lives have been saved and many of these offenders sue … Continue reading

Sir Terry Pratchett, “Choosing to Die”, BBC2 and iPlayer

Having Sky Plused Terry Pratchett’s film on assisted dying, it took me a good hour of will-I-or-won’t-I before summoning up the internal resources to watch.  There aren’t many subjects that I can claim to have any real experiential authority on (though I try, and how!) but unfortunately this subject is one of them. I lost … Continue reading

Safe Style UK’s Shiny New Sales Technique

About four years ago I got cold called on the phone by Safe Style UK Windows and Doors.   Fair enough they had done some work for me the previous year, but when I demurred and informed the guy that I wouldn’t be a very good customer at the moment he somewhat took me aback … Continue reading

Interflora. Beware of Their Website Scam with Shoppers Discount.Co.Uk

Being the perfect husband I bought flowers for my wife’s birthday in July last year.   I used Interflora as they have a strong brand record as an established and reputable company.   The last bit is now totally discredited.   When you make your purchase the site offers you a voucher to use next … Continue reading

Hannah Louise Jones

My neice was born today. Nothing is more important. Perspective is all in life, and given what has been through to get here thanks be to God. I can’t wait to meet her and to see the joy for for the main man. My top man.

Michael Portillo ‘Death of a School Friend’ BBC Headroom Series

I watched this film with Michael Portillo with surprisingly little thought even though its subject matter, that of suicide which is something that has haunted my life in various ways since 1987. I came to it as a victim and as a survivor twenty-one years, and then eleven and sixth months respectively down the line. … Continue reading

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