Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Stories

Whirlwind Stories is a really great initiative to help enable men to positively embrace their mental health through the sharing of stories.

They've produced a bunch of postcards and behind each postcard is a man's story. Each story is about difficult times and about that man's ability to survive and adapt and get through the tough stuff. Each story is a story of hope.

They've also dedicated an album, Whirlwind, to the cause and it's great. If you want a copy Marbecks are selling them for a gold coin donation.

Lower Hutt Samaritans seeking Volunteers

Lower Hutt Samaritans are seeking volunteers for their next training course.

They are looking for people who are good listeners, non-judgemental and empathetic, to help us operate our 24-hour helpline. As a volunteer you will be helping people who may be lonely, depressed or suicidal, or who need to talk about problems in their lives.
If you would like to learn new life skills and are available for 2 or 3 hours a week, daytime or evening, please phone our helpline 04 586 1048 to register your interest.

Suggestions for reducing Christmas and New Year stress

Christmas can be among the most difficult times of the year, highlighting financial pressures, relationship issues or loneliness. To help Samaritans suggest that you

• Drink sensibly or even better avoid alcohol completely
• Keep your expectations of Christmas reasonable - you may not even like Christmas - and that's OK, remember it is just one day in the year
• Talk about how you are feeling to your friends, family, someone you trust or your GP. Remember Samaritans helpline 0800 726 666 is available 24 hours a day - including Christmas Day if you have something on your mind

Calls to Samaritans increase

Samaritans of Wellington saw an 11% increase in calls by for September 2010 (compared to August 2010) with October also seeing a rising average.

“This was partly due to the extension of our 0800 number to help victims of the Canterbury earthquake but was also due to financial concerns with the GST increases and increases in domestic violence,” says Bruce Wall, Chairman, Samaritans of Wellington.

Samaritans of Wellington receives 50-100 calls a day – an average of three calls an hour, or 20,000 calls last year. The busiest times are between 7pm and 2am.