Registered Charity: 219432 (England and Wales)

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year offering a safe place for anyone struggling to cope. We receive a call every six seconds. We reach out and work with schools, colleges, universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities.

A story of hope – "Samaritans helped save my life"

For Linda, the anonymity of Samaritans was really important. She could be Mrs Hudson, not Linda Nolan, the singer and celebrity.

Linda called Samaritans for the first time after the death of her husband of 26 years, Brian Hudson. At the same time, Linda was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. It was an incredibly difficult time.

"Brian died on 21 Sept 2007. He was my life, my first love, and I have never known sadness the way I felt it at that moment. My heart was broken, how would I survive without him?"

"Three days later I made my first call. I had known about Samaritans ‘forever’, never knowing how important the charity would be in my life.”

Since Samaritans launched over 60 years we have received over 115million calls. In recent years we launched an email and texting service and hope to start an instant messaging service in the future. "We are always improving our digital channels to make sure callers feel comfortable," says Rachel Kirby-Rider, Samaritans' Director of Fundraising and Communications. "Our calls have always been 100% confidential, but with email and texting, people can feel even more anonymous.”

We’re a charity, and it’s the public’s kind donations that help us answer 5 million calls a year from people with nowhere else to turn.  We need your support to keep our service running.

To contact Samaritans call 08457 90 90 90, email or visit to find your nearest branch.

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