We wanted to take a moment to shine the spotlight on how volunteering for Shout can not only help you give back and support others, it can also help support your own mental wellbeing.
We know that doing good makes you feel good too, with research showing the benefits volunteering has on your own wellbeing.
We’re delighted to see that this is backed up by what our own volunteers tell us. In a recent survey of more than 1,000 Shout Volunteers we found that:
💜 1 in 5 people said volunteering for Shout made them feel less anxious in their lives
💜 More than half (51%) said being a Shout Volunteer improved their wellbeing
💜 84% said it provided them with a sense of accomplishment
💜 68% said it provided them with a greater sense of purpose in life
💜 55% said volunteering for Shout made them feel connected to other people
💜 Nearly half (48%) said it gave them a greater sense of self-confidence
💜 More than a third (39%) said volunteering strengthened their relationships with friends and family
💜 88% said it made them a better listener
Get involved and #DoGoodFeelGood by applying to become a Shout Volunteer today.
Shout Volunteers Ben and Emily discuss the impact of volunteering on their own wellbeing
In this open and moving conversation, Shout Volunteers Ben and Emily discuss the impact being a volunteer has had on their lives, breaking down some of the barriers people may have to becoming a volunteer and sharing their own stories about what led them to volunteer for our text support service.
Content warning: this film contains mentions of suicide.
This film was generously created for Shout pro-bono by three talented filmmakers - Kato, Klára Rychtarčiková and Byron Donovan. We are so grateful for their support.