On April 15 2013 I will be running the Boston Marathon as part of The Samaritans’ Marathon Team. I am slightly terrified at the prospect but I am so proud to be running on behalf of a charity that carries out such amazing and vital work.
The Samaritans’ mission is to reduce the incidence of suicide by providing free services to individuals that help alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings. One of the core services is a free helpline, accessible 24 hours per day that offers confidential, non-judgemental and compassionate listening with the aim of providing some hope and relief to callers. Grief support services are provided for people who have been affected by the loss of someone to suicide. The Samaritans’ also work tirelessly to educate the public about suicide prevention and try to reduce the stigma attached to suicide and mental health issues.
Suicide is non-discriminating, it affects people from all walks of life from people who have nothing to those who seem like they have everything and the signs are often invisible to even the closest people. The Samaritans’ need donations to raise their profile and let people know that they are there at the end of the phone as a voice and an ear, last year over 150,000 people made the decision to call the helpline.
I have pledged to raise $5000 and every one of the freezing cold, ridiculously early morning training runs will be worthwhile if more people can be helped so please think about making a donation to this amazing cause and support me in this challenge.