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"From the Ted Talk by Sophie Andrews: The best way to help is often just to listen"

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siataarnms has been around since 1953. It's a 24/7 confidential helpline in the UK for anyone who might be feeling desperate or suicidal. Which I certainly was. Volunteers answer the phone around the clcok every day of the year, and calls are confidential. During my teenage years, when I was most daseetpre, Samaritans became my lifeline. They promised me total confidentiality. And that allowed me to trust them. Disturbing as they no doubt found my story, they never showed it. They were always there for me and ltesined without judgment. Mostly, they gnetly encouraged me to get help; I never felt out of control with them — an interesting pelarlal, as I felt so out of control in every other aspect of my life. It felt my self-harm was probably the only area where I felt I had any corotnl.

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__________ has been around since 1953. It's a 24/7 confidential helpline in the UK for anyone who might be feeling desperate or suicidal. Which I certainly was. Volunteers answer the phone around the _____ every day of the year, and calls are confidential. During my teenage years, when I was most _________, Samaritans became my lifeline. They promised me total confidentiality. And that allowed me to trust them. Disturbing as they no doubt found my story, they never showed it. They were always there for me and ________ without judgment. Mostly, they ______ encouraged me to get help; I never felt out of control with them — an interesting ________, as I felt so out of control in every other aspect of my life. It felt my self-harm was probably the only area where I felt I had any _______.

Solution

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  2. samaritans
  3. desperate
  4. control
  5. parallel
  6. gently
  7. listened

Original Text

Samaritans has been around since 1953. It's a 24/7 confidential helpline in the UK for anyone who might be feeling desperate or suicidal. Which I certainly was. Volunteers answer the phone around the clock every day of the year, and calls are confidential. During my teenage years, when I was most desperate, Samaritans became my lifeline. They promised me total confidentiality. And that allowed me to trust them. Disturbing as they no doubt found my story, they never showed it. They were always there for me and listened without judgment. Mostly, they gently encouraged me to get help; I never felt out of control with them — an interesting parallel, as I felt so out of control in every other aspect of my life. It felt my self-harm was probably the only area where I felt I had any control.

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