Your help will enable us to be there for someone in need, who has perhaps reached crisis point or who is struggling to cope.
Central London Samaritans, based in the heart of London, is the founding branch of the wider Samaritans organisation. Our volunteers provide confidential, non-judgemental, emotional support to anyone who is struggling to cope for whatever reason.
We’re here to listen every hour of every day and have provided this support without interruption since opening in 1953 at St Stephen Walbrook. We respond to around 70,000 requests for help each year via phone calls, email and webchat as well as taking our services to vulnerable individuals at highest risk of suicide such as homeless people, people in prison, people in custody and those bereaved by suicide.
Help us be there for our callers
Every 8 minutes, volunteers at Central London Samaritans respond to a call for help.
in England and Wales felt suicide was their only option in 2021.
Every 90 minutes
someone in the UK or Ireland takes their own life.
Men aged 50-54
are at the highest risk of suicide – a worrying trend that has persisted for decades.
How your money can help us
Provides ongoing email support for someone struggling to cope.
Covers the cost of 5 calls for help.
Keeps our branch open for 1 hour.
It costs £360,000 per year to keep our phone lines and our doors open. For operational spend, 82p in every £1 is spent on our charitable activities. By donating or fundraising for our branch, you will help us continue to be there for our callers.