Samaritans

Central London Samaritans

For 24 hours every day Central London Samaritans provides confidential emotional support for anyone experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. We all go through difficult times and in our lives and and talking can begin to make sense of them.

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Situation

Last year, Central London Samaritans received and supported: • 110,252 telephone calls • 6,507 text messages • 2,247 emails • 4,363 face to face meetings at the branch • 215 face to face meetings outside of the branch Of these, 43% were men and 55% were women (2% were recorded as unknown). Almost 11% expressed they had previously had (or were currently experiencing) suicidal feelings; 2.2% had strong suicidal feelings and firm plans; and 0.2% were suicides in progress.

Solution

As well as providing 24 hour support every day of the week, our volunteers pro-actively reach out to at risk groups to ensure that they are aware of our service. Throughout the coming months we will work on projects supporting homeless people and rough sleepers, offenders, children and young people, young men, and Londoners bereaved by suicide.