Saturday, 20 September 2008

The Samaritans conference

I was honoured to be invited to speak at the annual conference for The Samaritans. What a wonderful group of people! The venue was the University of York.

I was given a Samaritan to escort me, which was a lovely touch, and was made to feel most welcome.

The passion and commitment shown by the 1200 volunteers was incredible and made me feel most humble.

Some of the comments to my session were:-

• “Honest first hand account – positive approach”
• “Well presented, interesting to get an insight into this subject which I know nothing about”
• “Excellent and useful. Learned a lot. Good speaker”
• “Personally found this emotional. Talked straight from the heart. Helped to understand PND and depressive illness in general”

So I am delighted if some callers are helped even further due to me sharing my experiences.

I encourage people to support The Samaritans in any way and if you are suffering call them and you know that someone is prepared to listen to you - one of the best healers in my opinion.

It was also good to meet up with a fellow member of the Professional Speakers Association, Richard McCann. I read his book 'Just a boy' on the flight back from Sydney. He was also speaking at the conference.

Need to read his sequel now!

Thank you 'Sams' for making me feel so welcome and appreciated!

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