Samaritans is a non-religious confidential telephone support service operating 24/7 for people who may be feeling depressed or suicidal.

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Samaritans are dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the alleviation of loneliness and depression which can lead to it.

Samaritans provides a free 24/7 helpline for anyone in New Zealand going through tough times in their life. We offer confidential, non-religious and non-judgmental support 24 hours hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Last year Samaritans took over 30,000 calls to their helpline. We are proud to have been providing this invaluable service to New Zealanders for over 50 years.

Samaritans receives no government funding. We rely on your donations to keep our 24/7 helpline open.

Please help New Zealanders going through tough times in their life, by making a donation to Samaritans today. Thank you.

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Samaritans provides a confidential helpline for those who may be feeling lonely, depressed or suicidal.

Last year 606 New Zealanders died by suicide. We know our service can help before it's too late.

That's why Samaritans are there to listen to any problem - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The Wellington Samaritans centre opened in 1965 and celebrated fifty years of continuous service in 2015. Over the last year Samaritans trained 55 new volunteers and answered over 30,000 calls from people who felt they had no one else to talk to.

Samaritans receives no government funding. It's your donations that keep our phone lines open.

The income we receive from donations goes towards paying the phone and utilities charges required to run our 24/7 call centre and towards increasing our most valuable resource: trained volunteer listeners.

Thank you for your support. It means so much to Samaritans volunteers and most importantly to our callers and their families.

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This organisation page was created on 28 Sep 2010.

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