By: Joe Triccas, Product Manager, Neve
For a long time, I have been left in awe at the great work mental health charities like Samaritans do to help people in difficult times.
Whilst it's not a long-term solution, having someone who doesn't know you to just talk at helps lighten the load and clear your head.
I'm not sure I'd ever be able to work on the phones myself (too many years of customer service roles early in my working life), so the least I could do is help raise funds for Samaritans!
It was a blast! I stream on Twitch, and my wee little community absolutely pulled it out to help me raise £500 in 24 hours! Samaritans were great too - they're quite progressive and so had all the overlays and graphics I needed to ensure the stream ran on brand.
It was called 'The Night Shift' and in the 24 hours I was live, we raised enough to keep the phone line open for one hour.
I'm proud of the small contribution we made, considering I have used the service myself in the past, and encourage you all to do your little bit to help keep vital services such as this going.
If you ever find yourself struggling mentally, reach out to Samaritans for a friendly ear. If you have, or know someone who has, used the service, consider raising some funds – they have many resources to help you out with it.