I've just joined the Samaritans. I started my training last night. It's something that I've wanted to do for years, but general terror has stopped me doing it. But I finally plucked up the courage to apply and after attending a couple of open days, my fear has subsided. I think it helps knowing that the training is first class - and having a good crowd to learn with. I think I was most scared I think that someone would phone up, I'd say the wrong thing and as a result, they'd do something rash - but the Samaritans don't give advice, or try and talk anyone out of anything, they just listen. In some ways that makes it easier, in some ways that makes it harder. But whatever happens, I suspect this is going to become an important part of my life.
If anyone else is interested in joining the Samaritans, drop me a line or visit their website here.