Portsmouth charity holds awareness day for 24-hour service
A CHARITY supporting people in distress orÂ contemplating suicide held an awareness day.
The Portsmouth branch ofÂ Samaritans organised the stall onÂ Commercial Road, in the city centre, to raise the profile of the service they offer.
Their helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lee Mason, visited the stall to hand outÂ balloons, leafletsÂ and other items with their free numberÂ 116 123Â to shoppers.
Volunteer Mary Noble said: '˜It never ceases to amaze me what a difference it can make to someone in great distress, if they feel they have really been listened to without being judged or told what to do.
'˜Lots of callers say how much it's helped, just to offload and assess for themselves what they want to do, or not do, next.'