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Talk To Us Samaritans Campaign

share July 21, 2021Posted by: Admin

This month the Samaritans are encouraging people to become better listeners with their Talk To Us campaign. Becoming a better listener can help you support loved ones who may be struggling to cope. It can also help improve your relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. You could help your loved ones open up about how they’re feeling by making some small changes to the way you listen. They have asked people to pledge one of the following things:

Naomi Greene, PeoplePlus Wellbeing Advisor tells us more about the impotance of listening.

We all have conversations, whether it be with close ones, colleagues in the office, or even the dog (or am I the only one that gives my dog options of where to go for her daily walk?!). I’m sure a lot of those conversations start with asking how someone is, unless of course the following is happening:

The middle of summer- “How warm is it today?!”
The middle of winter- “How cold is it today?! Baltic!”
First day back in January- “Did you have a nice Christmas?”

I think we get the picture. Have a think about the last conversation you had with someone, do you remember more of what you said or what they said? A lot of the time we focus on the information we are putting out, rather than what we are getting back, especially in casual settings.

We have 2 ears and 1 mouth, so should we be making more effort to listen?

Of course, not every conversation we have needs for us to study every word of what that person has said, but it can help us to become much better communicators.

Not only that, but you may also learn a lot more from the conversation. In terms of wellbeing, this may help you to sense when someone is not expressing themselves in a way that they normally would or are expressing concerns or emotions. We may feel we know our friends, colleagues, and families well, but I’m sure we could all be better listeners.

If someone does seem down or not themselves, or have come to you to discuss an issue, consider some of these tips around the theme of ‘2 ears 1 mouth’ for being a better listener, helping people with their wellbeing and helping to strengthen your relationships.

If you are really not sure, just take the overall advice to SHUSH:

Show you care

Have patience

Use open-ended questions

Say it back (reflect & clarify)

Have courage

This month as the Samaritans promote their Talk To Us #welisten campaign they raise awareness that they are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night.

You can call Samaritans for free 24/7. Whatever you’re going through you can call them without judgement or pressure from any phone on 116 123.

‘We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.’– Epictetus (Greek philosopher)

share July 21, 2021Posted by: Admin