Do you feel sad, lonely, hopeless, or suicidal? We’re here to listen to you, 24 hours a day.

Samaritans works to prevent suicide and support those who have lost someone to suicide. Each year, 300+ volunteers answer more than 75,000 calls and text messages on our Helpline.

If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide, or learn how to help others in crisis, you can find support with us.

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Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019
    Cycling & Mimosas Marathon Fundraiser for Amanda Montoya
    The Handle Bar, Harvard Sq.
    Buy your ticket!

  • Sunday, January 27, 2019
    Annual Memorial
    First Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
    Learn more about the event

  • Friday, February 1, 2019
    Musical Bingo Marathon Fundraiser for Amanda Montoya
    North Reading Moose Lodge
    Buy your ticket!

  • Monday, April 15, 2019
    Boston Marathon
    Meet our team members!

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    Breakfast for Hope


Samaritans provides life saving suicide prevention services throughout Greater Boston, MetroWest, and across Massachusetts. Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.

A man looking down at his phone in his hand.

“Thank you to Samaritans for saving lives. I am so grateful and wanted you to know what a difference you truly make.”

Helpline caller
A man and a woman sitting at a table looking at each other.

“Going to SafePlace is my life support. We have a common denominator — we can be there for each other.”

SafePlace attendee
A teenage girl sitting at a desk in a classroom looking away from the camera.

“This workshop opened my eyes to the fact that students want to be heard — but often we must ask and be direct about it.”

School workshop participant


  • Jack Jordan smiles at camera for a headshot

After Suicide: Understanding Your Grief

In addition to this pervasive question of “why," survivors may also struggle with powerful feelings of confusion, guilt, remorse, anger, abandonment, shame, fear of another suicide, depression, and sometimes their own feelings of wanting to be dead.

The origin of the Samaritans 5K

When I started working at Samaritans in 1997, Executive Director Melisa Poulos had me meet with our tireless Board members -- all of whom were very involved with the organization, especially supporting our fundraising efforts. One of the first Board members I met, Sandy Shapiro, said we needed a sustainable fundraiser that would gain more visibility for the organization; one that would really drive people’s attendance. 

  • The backs of three people who are wearing white t-shirts that say Do Great Things

Team Captain finds purpose each year at Samaritans 5K

We discovered Samaritans a few short months after my younger brother Ryan took his life. Ryan was an incredibly active and inclusive kid, and we felt the Samaritans Annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention would be an amazing way to not only honor him but have one day a year where we can all be together to celebrate his life.



Each day, thousands of people in Massachusetts struggle with loneliness, depression, and suicidal feelings. By supporting Samaritans as a volunteer or donor, you can give these people the caring, compassionate support they need.