89 Nunnery Lane
York YO23 1AH
How we can help
Unfortunately, our Branch will be closed to visitors until further notice. Please remember we are still here for you, call free on 116 123 or email [email protected]
The aim of Samaritans’ work with young people is to: - raise awareness of the existence of Samaritans and what we do - improve understanding of emotional health and its impact on young people's wellbeing - teach young people about the importance of emotional support and where it can be found - explain the value of listening - encourage young people to consider the possibility of calling Samaritans if they are experiencing feelings of distress etc.
Our listeners support callers on the phone and by email in times of emotional distress and along with other branches, we provide this support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like to volunteer as a listening volunteer in York, please contact us on [email protected] to find out more about the role and our shift patterns.
We've been training prisoners in our local prisons to provide emotional support to other prisoners by becoming 'Listeners'.
The branch has been offering its service to the York community for over 50 years
We help and support thousands of people every year in the York area and currently have 123 listening and non-listening members, either trained or in training.
Just some of our services include supporting the university with an anonymous and confidential drop-ins on campus, talking to young people in and around schools in the city about looking out for their emotional wellbeing, having a presence at street parties and festivals and face to face listening at the branch.
Just recently the Yorkshire and Humberside Region of Samaritans have launched a Rural Support initiative, in partnership with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, aimed at reducing incidences of suicide and alleviating mental ill-health amongst the rural community.
We are already working with the rural community across the region and will continue to attend rural events and shows, throughout 2019 to raise awareness of the benefits gained by sharing problems and troubling thoughts by talking about them.
The official launch of the initiative took place at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate on the 10th July 2019 and was announced by BBC Radio York.