The Big Listen

Support The Big Listen!

On 24 July we hosted a 24-hour event called The Big Listen.

We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round, for anyone who is struggling to cope. Last year we answered over 5 million calls.

We're so grateful to everyone who took part in #TheBigListen, because we need your help to raise the vital funds we need to keep going.

You're not too late to take part! Give. Share. Save A Life.

Become a social champion

Spread the word about the campaign and help us save lives by sharing on social media - with the chance to win great prizes!

Become a social champion

Every hour, every day

We followed five of our volunteers for 24 hours. Watch our video to find out how our volunteers support people who call us every hour, every day

Every hour, every day - samaritans

Meet our volunteers

Meet the volunteers featured in our Every Hour, Every Day video, and the journeys they took to becoming listening volunteers.

samaritans big listen volunteers

About The Big Listen

The Big Listen is all about raising awareness and funds to keep Samaritans running. Suicide is not inevitable, it’s preventable, and our volunteers are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to support people that feel like they have nowhere to turn.

We answer a call for help every six seconds - and you can help us be there to answer the next one.

It costs £5 for every call we take -  to recruit, train and supporting our volunteers, run the 201 branches where they’re based, and help promote our services so that we’re there to listen in confidence 24/7, for free.

Support The Big Listen now

There are lots of different ways you can help us be there for anyone who needs us, and there really is something for everyone.

Need some support?

You can talk to us, any time, for free, on 116 123, or you can email us at