15th March 2000

 

NIGHTLINE FOR STUDENTS LAUNCHED

 

A confidential nightline to support students has been set up in Lincoln as a collaboration between the Samaritans and the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

Run by the university’s Students’ Union, the scheme gives local students the chance to talk to somebody in times of crisis.

 

Its lines are open between 9pm and 7am on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights.

 

Twenty students have taken part in the selection and training made available by Lincoln Samaritans.

 

“It is often difficult to talk to close friends and family, and being away from home it’s not easy either to feel comfortable sharing problems with new friends and colleagues,” said John Beesley, vice-president for education and welfare at the Students’ Union.

 

“The nightline will give students the opportunity to talk in complete confidence - calls cannot be traced and information cannot be passed on,” he added.

 

Students who feel they need to speak to someone can ring the nightline on 01522 886050.

 

Ends

 

Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk