If you're under 18

Anyone can contact Samaritans. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way, no matter how old you are.

Samaritans' primary responsibility is to you, not your parents or guardian.

If I'm under 18, how can you help me?

A lot of things can make us feel bad, for example:

  • how we look
  • problems at school or college
  • how people are treating us
  • worries about exams or money

or something else… You might feel you can’t talk to anyone, or you don’t want to worry your friends or family.

I had no idea what to expect as I walked into the Samaritans building, but I certainly didn’t expect for it to change my life.

Samaritans won’t tell you what to do. We will listen and try to understand what you’re going through. Well help you make your own decisions, the ones that are right for you.

No personal details necessary

You can talk to Samaritans for as long as you need to, and you don’t have to tell us your name or any personal details if you don’t want toWhen you phone we can’t see your telephone number, and when you email, your email address is removed before it reaches a volunteer. 

If you are calling from the Republic of Ireland, find out more about our services here

Our phone number won't appear on your bill

Samaritans is free to call on 116 123 in the UK and Ireland and our phone number will not appear on an itemised telephone bill.

Ways to get in touch

Sometimes it's hard to talk about your thoughts and feelings, so you could email or write us a letter. Often, writing it down helps make sense of the problem.

Or come speak to a Samaritans volunteer in person at one of our 201 branches around the UK and Ireland.

Other help and support

You may also find these organisations useful.