Since its inception, Samaritans programs and reach have grown exponentially. Today, Samaritans volunteers provide non-judgmental, active listening to callers in need on our Crisis Lines, older adults in our Senior Outreach program, suicide loss survivors in our Safe Place support groups, and suicide attempt survivors and their families in our A Caring Connection and A Second Chance programs.
As members of the oldest and largest suicide prevention network in the world, we encourage our community to talk openly about suicide in order to best help and provide hope to those in need.
“We are not here to solve problems. We are not here to give advice. We are not here to refer people to experts. We are here to suffer with people and let them go away feeling better. We feel at the best of times that we have really been human. I find people all over the world who say, ‘This is the most important thing I do in my life.’”
— Chad Varah, Boston, 1978