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Mission Statement

Samaritans' mission is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in the community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide.


Right now, someone is dialing Samaritans 24-hour befriending service.

Samaritans, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to suicide prevention. Each day, more than 300 people, finding themselves struggling with loneliness, depression, or suicidal feelings, turn to Samaritans in search of the respectful, non-judgmental support that has been the cornerstone of our services since 1974. Callers to Samaritans find a unique, human kind of help. Samaritans' befrienders offer all callers unqualified respect and support. Listening carefully and patiently, they seek to understand a caller's feelings and, in so doing, provide respite from what may at times be overwhelming. Some callers may have nobody with whom they can share their pain; others' problems seem too big or confusing to share with friends or family. For these people, Samaritans exists.

Samaritans provides a free and confidential 24-hour befriending helpline. This service, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides unconditional and non-judgmental support to anyone who feels alone, depressed, or in crisis. Samariteens is the teen to teen segment of our befriending services. This teen helpline staffed by trained, compassionate and supportive teenage volunteers provides confidential peer support and understanding to teen callers during after-school and weekend hours.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization. We need spirited and inquiring minds willing to help others and work toward our goal of helping people in crisis and alleviating suicidal feelings. It is important to understand how to communicate with others and especially, how to truly listen. Having more volunteers not only allows us to connect with more people in need, but to save more lives.

It is important to note that our greatest need for volunteers is between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. This is when we receive a majority of calls with few volunteers to answer them. Help us fill this gap and be there to answer the call for those who need it the most.





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