The Samaritans


We don't know when you might need us.

That's why we're open 24 hours a day.Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.

Whatever you're going through, whether it's big or small, don't bottle it up. We are here for you if you're worried about something, feel upset or confused, or just want to talk to someone.

We offer our service by telephone, email, letter and face to face in most of our branches.

Samaritans is available to anyone in the UK and Ireland. If you live outside of the UK and Ireland, visit to find your nearest helpline. 

Daytime visits possible (ring first).

Phone Calls

In the UK dial 08457 90 90 90.
In the Republic of Ireland dial 1850 60 90 90.
Calls from BT residential lines will be charged at up to 2 pence per minute and a call set-up fee of 7 pence applies.

Calls cost 6.68 cents per call from Eircom landlines. Mobile and other providers' charges vary. (Prices correct April 2010.)

Textphones (for the deaf and hard of hearing): in the UK dial 08457 90 91 92.

For members of the Armed Forces in Germany, call 0800 181 0721 or 0800 181 0722 to connect to a Samaritans Branch in the UK. 


Find it impossible to talk about your problems? Then don't. Email us now at: [email protected]  

Write a letter

Many of us need a sounding board to help work out solutions to our problems. We need to talk to someone to clarify what these may be. Letting the feelings out to another human being might be what is required. But not everyone can do this by telephone.

Writing a letter is an alternative for people who prefer to communicate in this way. You will have the same understanding and care given to people who phone or email us.

If you need to write about how you are feeling, write to Samaritans at:

P.O. Box 90 90

If you are in Ireland you can write to your local branch.

Every letter goes to a volunteer, who will respond to you directly. Everything you write is treated in confidence. All it costs you is the price of a stamp. 

Contact Information

The Samaritans

13 Knowsley Street

Tel: 0161 764 0055