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50 years a Samaritan – Learning the Power of Listening

Meet Mike Tunstall, a Samaritans listening volunteer since 1974.

Founded in 1953 as a ‘999 for the suicidal’, Samaritans now has around 23,000 volunteers and more than 200 branches and locations across the UK and Ireland. Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help.

In his five decades of service to the charity, Mike has spent literally thousands of hours on the phone, with callers in every state of life, including the actively suicidal.

He has also developed training material in active listening, supporting suicidal people and Postvention (support after suicide), and his work includes helping people develop physiological and psychological resilience in challenging work environments.

Drawing on Mike’s deep reservoir of experience, we’ll explore how to use listening skills to forge the connections that help others – and ourselves – through difficult times.


1 August 2024









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The show about talking and listening better – at home, at work, everywhere

This is a regular online event featuring guests whose real-life experience highlights the power of talking and listening – in all its forms – to strengthen human connection and bridge divides.

And it's different from other talk shows, as everyone gets a chance to talk.

After the conversation with the guest(s), you – the audience – get to reflect on what you've heard in small breakout groups. And then we come back together to hear your thoughts and widen the conversation.

So be prepared to meet some new people!

The Talk Show is an open event, so please feel free to share this page with friends, family, colleagues – anyone you think might be interested.

Join us for our next event. 

50 years a Samaritan – Learning the Power of Listening

1 August 2024

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