The Samaritans are 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 mind disorders 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 50's and 60's but there are now 203 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 and they offer complete confidentiality.

You can get in contact with this organisation by e-mail if you would prefer by sending your questions to, the e-mails are checked and answered daily. Alternatively, you can send a letter, an SMS, see them face to face or phone them for free using the information below.

Samaritans central office contact details

The Upper Mill
Kingston Road
KT17 2AF



UK and Republic of Ireland free Helpline: 116 123


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