What to speak to us about

There is no typical reason someone might call us, just as there's no typical person who contacts Samaritans.

You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue. We're here to listen.



What can I speak to you about?

Common reasons people contact us are:

  • relationship and family problems
  • loss, including loss of a friend or a family member through bereavement
  • financial worries
  • job-related stress
  • college or study-related stress
  • loneliness and isolation
  • depression
  • painful and/or disabling physical illness
  • heavy use of or dependency on alcohol or other drugs
  • thoughts of suicide

    No matter what time it is or how big or small the problem is or how daft I feel about panicking, they listened and cared.

    If what’s getting to you isn’t on this list, please still get in touch.

    People contact us with all sorts of concerns and what might be a small issue to you may be huge to someone else.

    You could be going through something new or have been struggling to cope for some time, either way, we're here if you feel you need some extra support.

    Shouldn’t I talk to friends and family instead?

    Some people do not have the support of friends or family. Others do have friends or family to talk to, but find that talking to someone neutral can also be beneficial.

    We keep our conversations private, so we can't pass the information you give us onto anyone else and we won't judge or insist on giving advice.

    She was so compassionate and it was just like talking to a next-door neighbour who cares.

    Samaritans Volunteers

    Our services are manned by everyday people who volunteer for Samaritans. They’ve been through months of thorough training to qualify as a Samaritan, so they really know what they’re doing, and how best to help you.

    Sometimes just one call or email is not enough – and it doesn’t have to be. You can contact us as often as you need to. We are always here.