The Samaritans

WHAT DO "SAMARITANS" DO?

When SAMARITANS was founded more than fifty years ago, it was born into a society very different to the one we live in now. Communication is so easy now but the way we feel about things hasn't changed. The pain of loss, loneliness or just living is still the same. The organisation grew out of people's need to talk - to tell someone how they felt, what they were going through. Emotional pain is part of being human but the pain can be made easier by talking about it to someone in confidence.

SAMARITANS is there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and provides confidential, emotional support for those experiencing distress or despair including feelings that may lead to suicide. It is a voluntary organisation and the people who work in it are all volunteers. Most of the money that a branch needs is raised by that branch itself. To date there are 18,200 volunteers in 202 branches in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Someone will call SAMARITANS every seven seconds and 1 in 8 people will call during their lifetime. SAMARITANS is not only there for people who want to kill themselves. There are those who are feeling low, those who are lonely and just want to talk, those who are ill. Others may be frightened or depressed or going through some personal difficulties. Their marriage may be going wrong or their children may be giving them problems. Think of a problem, any problem, and SAMARITANS will have had a call about it.

When people find themselves at the point of crisis the aim of SAMARITANS is to reduce the number taking their own lives and also to reduce the number who even contemplate doing so. SAMARITANS don't have all the answers but they are always there to listen and never to judge. There are no easy solutions to the many problems people face hi their every day lives but very often, after talking to another person who is not part of the problem, they can think more clearly and cope.

That's what SAMARITANS do best - LISTEN!

There are many ways to contact SAMARITANS: - not just by phone but also by e-mail, letter, text and face-to-face.

Phone - national number - 08457 90 91 92,

Local (Coventry) number - 02476 678 678.

Website: Click HERE

e-mail io@samaritans.org

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