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Samaritans are there to listen 24/7 for anyone that needs them. But they’re also encouraging us all to become better listeners. At DGP we are supporting The Samaritans Awareness Day campaign – The Big Listen, on Saturday 24th July, by encouraging our staff to check in with their colleagues and ask how they really are.

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.

Listen without being distracted – Try things like making eye contact, putting your phone away and focusing completely on the other person. If you’re talking to someone on the phone, try doing it in a quiet place.

Listen without interrupting – Try and remember that pauses are fine, you don’t need to jump in and fill a silence. Resist putting your own interpretation on what the other person is saying, and repeat back what they say so it shows you’re listening.

Check in on loved ones – Why not try adding reminders to your calendar or phone, to check in with loved ones once or twice a week. Don’t give up, sometimes it can take a few tries to get someone to open up about how they’re feeling.

Whatever you’re going through, you can always call the Samaritans any time, free from any phone, on 116 123.