Samaritans (charity)

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The Samaritans is a charity in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[1] They are a support group for those at risk of suicide.[1]

History[change | change source]

The Samaritans, was founded on November 5, 1953 by Chad Varah, a vicar. He started as a man "willing to listen". His approach was considered controversial at the time. "Everyone thought suicidal people were mad," he said.[2] "But they just needed to be listened to."[2] Today there are over 21,000 volunteers in 201 locations.[1] Varah retired from the Samaritans in 1986.[3]

Services[change | change source]

A large amount of Samaritans' work is a telephone hotline, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They also offer a drop-in service for face-to-face discussion. Samaritans also offer confidential Email support. The Samaritans volunteers are trained in counselling skills, so they do not judge people.

Confidentiality[change | change source]

Samaritans have a strict code of confidentiality, even after the death of a caller. Unless the caller gives consent to pass on information, it will be broken only in rare circumstances.

International reach[change | change source]

Through its email service, Samaritans' work has extended well beyond the UK and Ireland, as messages are received from all around the world.

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