In the military and Armed Forces Community

Samaritans works with the Ministry of Defence and other charities to support serving personnel in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

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Veterans’ Emotional Support Helpline

If you’re a veteran, serving member of the Armed Forces or a family member and need someone to talk to, we listen and we won’t judge. Our helpline is a safe space for people who have served in the Armed Forces to talk about their experiences.

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Suicide prevention and peer support in the Armed Forces

Practical information on how to look out for your teammates, how to discuss things with them and where to go for more support.


Samaritans Veterans app

Samaritans Veterans is a free app that can provide you with emotional support after your career in the Armed Forces

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Online chat for the military community

If calling isn’t for you, you can use our live online chat service to talk to a Samaritan in real time. Available Monday to Thursday 6pm-10pm and Sunday 6pm-8pm.

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Volunteer with us

We are currently looking for veterans, serving personnel, and family members from the military community to come and join our amazing team of volunteers. We will train, mentor and support you all the way.

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Chris’s story

Chris is a keen supporter and advocate for fellow Veterans and has just launched the UK’s first Armed Forces Business Centre, in Colchester.

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Sally’s story

Following medical discharge, having found herself on the brink of suicide, Sally has gone on to complete numerous marathons and endurance challenges, as well as become an avid mental health campaigner.

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Lee’s story

Lee has contacted Samaritans for support several times, a charity he passionately supports, and has sadly lost several friends, many from the Armed Forces, to suicide.

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Samaritans can share its expertise with the military so that those serving or leaving the forces and their families are better equipped to deal with their unique circumstances, as well as the day to day struggles that we all face.

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Need support? Call 116 123 to speak to a Samaritan or

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