On Tuesday 25 February, students and staff members from London College of Contemporary Arts (LCCA) hosted a ‘Mental Health Awareness’ event. It was led by Central London Samaritans (CLS), a charity providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.

The charity has been active for more than 65 years and its volunteers delivered a talk on emotional health awareness, including the value of active listening and managing your mental health.

Carmen Andreica, Careers and Student Services Manager at LCCA, said: “Students and staff who were in attendance found the event very insightful and have expressed their gratitude towards the wonderful support the charity is providing to the community.”

Central London Samaritans discussions give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. They encourage, promote and celebrate those ‘moments of connection’ between people that can save lives.

If you’d like to volunteer, Central London Samaritans invites you to be there for somebody who is in desperate need.