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The Samaritans
"Small Talk Saves Lives"
1 min 34s
18 November 2017
UK Charities

This film was created by The Samaritans and Network Rail to persuade us to look out for one another and offer reassurance about the value of intervening if we think someone looks troubled. It's a superbly-judged piece of work. Director Matt Hopkins has shown great restraint giving the subject matter the gravity it deserves and - in doing so - has made a film which stands a chance of making a real difference.

This idea addresses the central dilemma we face when we recognise someone is distressed: whether we should say something to them. While it can never be unequivocally stated that the answer to this question is 'yes', this film offers a convincing argument that we should. And the source for this couldn't be more authoritative: Sarah Wilson uses the station's PA system to describe how an approach from a stranger when she was feeling suicidal proved to be exactly the intervention she needed.

Among the many misconceptions about suicide is the idea that it always comes from a deep-seated feeling which has an unstoppable momentum. In fact, it's been demonstrated repeatedly that the sense of despair felt by those going through these crises can often be interrupted by a kindly intervention. This is why it's so important to look out for one another and - as this film so poignantly demonstrates - step in and ask someone if they're all right whenever it looks as though they might not be.

Blue Cross
"Legacy"

Matt said:

Cough up grandma, or Fido gets it.


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The Samaritans
"Small Talk Saves Lives"
1 min 34s
18 Nov 2017
This film was created by The Samaritans and Network Rail to persuade us to look out for one another and offer reassurance about the value of intervening if we think someone looks troubled. It's a superbly-judged piece of work. Director Matt Hopkins has shown great restraint giving the subject matter the gravity it deserves and - in doing so - has made a film which stands a chance of making a real difference.

The Samaritans
"On Your Radar"
2 mins 10s
29 Oct 2014
This spot is about a new app from The Samaritans. It can apparently alert you to signs that someone you follow is feeling low by picking up on linguistic cues in their tweets, so that you can offer support if you feel it's appropriate. Here, a teenager filming his friends receives text alerts which we see on screen and which explain how it works. Clever, naturalistic and engaging.

The Samaritans
"Sue"
45s
19 Jan 2010
The intense pressure of dealing with life is writ large on the face of Sue as we hear the hectoring voice of her partner and the distressed cry of a baby in the background. The Samaritans are there to provide help for people pushed to the brink.

The Samaritans
"David"
60s
19 Jan 2010
David's face betrays the pressure he feels as he negotiates his way through his complicated life. Workplace bullying and financial worries have pushed him to the brink and, whether he knows it or not, he is a candidate for the help provided by The Samaritans.

The Samaritans
"Lisa"
60s
16 Nov 2009
This low key ad for the compassionate charity asks us to think how much it takes for a distressed caller to contact them and how important it is that they're able to respond. It asks us to donate just £3 a month... you probably couldn't do anything better today.

The Samaritans
"Vectorscope"
60s
7 Feb 2008
Excellent follow-up to last year's film offers a stark view of what you might expect to face if you volunteer to man the phones for The Samaritans. The human misery and despair is cleverly depicted through a series of abstract images which powerfully makes the point.

The Samaritans
"Doodles"
30s
19 Feb 2007
Shorter version of the captivating cinema film which appeared last year manages to capture some of the elan of the original in which various doodles were animated in a fashion to suggest the deep-seated desperation of whoever drew them.

The Samaritans
"Doodles"
60s
7 Jan 2007
A haunting piano provides the musical backdrop to a striking piece of animation which manages to depict various moments of despair in the highs and lows of human existence. The strength of this piece lies partly in its carefully constructed ambiguity enabling anyone moments of recognition.

The Samaritans
"Bear Trap"
60s
9 Feb 2006
Two men exploring in a jungle (or a leafy Surrey glen masquerading as a jungle) come across a third who is entangled in a bear trap. He declines their offer of help, insisting that he is okay... demonstrating that none of us should ever be afraid to ask for help.

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