Thomas Ron, the YUSU Disabled Students’ Officer, has announced that the contact information for the York Samaritans will be rolled out on welfare posters in the coming weeks.
The move comes after Hannah Paterson, the NUS Disabled Students’ Officer suggested that it would be a good idea for universities to make the charity’s contact details available to students.
The Samaritans offer a 24-7 confidential telephone service for anyone who wants to discuss the things that are troubling them in their lives, with phone lines being operated by volunteers trained to do deal with the whatever issues may arise.
Ron believes that offering students the option of a highly-professional charity will be hugely beneficial for students facing some very challenging times.
“The Samaritans are an excellent charity who do amazing work.
“In the high-stress environment that the University has, it is absolutely crucial that we allow students to have all necessary information and resources to ensure that they can talk to the right people and get the support they need.
“The University has excellent facilities, but the ones they have are short-staffed.”
All eight of the University’s colleges have agreed in principal to distribute the charity’s details to students.James and Vanbrugh will pass information on to students when they need it, whilst Goodricke, Alcuin, Wentworth and Halifax will be putting up Samaritans posters in the coming weeks.
Langwith will be putting the number on their wall posters. Elsewhere, Derwent College is yet to announce how they plan to publicise the charity.
Samaritans was established in 1952 and was the first 24 hour telephone helpline to be set up in the UK.
Other campus services include Nightline, a confidential student-run listening and information service and the University’s Open Door service, for mental health, emotional and psychological issues.
Additionally, there are other services which provide help for those experiencing a range of issues at university, including academic support.