Samaritans is a charity available 24 hours a day offering a free confidential listening service to anyone in distress. They also work to raise awareness of issues related to mental health conditions such as suicide and depression.

This organisation was first established in London in 1953 but it wasn't until 1957 that it was recognised as a charity with a telephone helpline. Only a small number of independent branches were around during the 50s and 60s but there are now more than 200 Samaritan locations around the UK, all of which offer their support at any time of the day to anyone who needs someone to talk to.

The volunteers at Samaritans are not professional counsellors, however, they are trained to be excellent listeners and to empathise with each individual and their issue. They will not judge you in any way.

You can contact this organisation by calling their free helpline. Alternatively, you can email by sending your questions to, the emails are checked and answered daily. You can also send a letter, an SMS, or see them face-to-face.

Samaritans' contact details

The Upper Mill
Kingston Road
KT17 2AF



UK and Republic of Ireland free helpline: 116 123

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