Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.


We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. We won't judge your or tell you what to do, we'll listen to you.



Writing an email can be a calm and safe way to work through what's on your mind. Especially if it feels too upsetting to talk about on the phone. Samaritans volunteers answer each email that comes through to [email protected]

You don't have to be suicidal to get in touch – nearly half of the emails we receive are from people who are having a tough time, but not suicidal. Sometimes people worry they can't write well – no matter your spelling, punctuation or how you express yourself, we're here. Average response time is 24 hours so call us if your need is urgent.