We don't know when you might need us.
That's why we're open 24 hours a day.
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental
emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing
feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead
Whatever you're going through, whether it's big or small, don't
bottle it up. We are here for you if you're worried about
something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to
We offer our service by telephone, email,
letter and face to
face in most of our branches.
Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you
live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit www.befrienders.org
to find your nearest helpline.
Everyone has it in them to be a Sam
You’ve got it in you
Everyone has it in them to
be a Samaritans volunteer. To touch another person’s life when it
really matters, either by discussing their feelings with them
directly, or by keeping our branches running so others can. Say
‘yes’ to joining us, and we will be behind you all the way with the
training and back up you need.
Our confidential, 24-hour
listening service, which never judges people, is at the heart of
Samaritans – and there are many ways to contribute. By working
together with the shared desire to help people experiencing
emotional distress, our 17,000 volunteers make sure that our 201
branches are well-organised and supportive places to spend time.
There are plenty of social activities too!
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Realising things are not as good as they could be is a first
step to doing something about it. If you are feeling low, we have
some suggestions that can help.
Could you share your story?
If you have contacted
Samaritans in the past and our service has helped you, we’d be very
grateful if you could tell us your story.
We can use information about
your experience to encourage new callers and develop our service in
many ways, and it can be as confidential and anonymous as you
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