Call or text Samaritans 24 Hour Helpline at (877)-870 HOPE (4673) at any time!
Samaritans’ Crisis Services are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week. If you are feeling isolated, desperate or uncertain about anything in your life, we want to hear about it – contact us anytime. Our services are free, confidential, and anonymous. We have Samaritans staff available 24 hours a day to support those who phone, chat or text our volunteers for help.
Samaritans’ 24/7 Crisis Services include our:
24 Hour Befriending Service – Call or text (877)-870 HOPE (4673)
This service is offered to people living in communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each year, more than 100,000 individuals from all walks of life, turn to Samaritans in search of unconditional and non-judgmental support. The calls and texts received each day are fielded by carefully trained volunteers. Samaritan volunteers offer callers and texters acceptance and respect in a comforting and understanding manner. In addition to supporting depressed, lonely and suicidal callers, these programs also support those calling with concerns for others.
We are available to Massachusetts high school students through our IM Hear_ Program which is available on Monday through Thursday nights from 6 to 9 pm EST at IMHear.org
Lifeline Crisis Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, supported by Samaritans in partnership with CONTACT USA and can be accessed 24/7 here.
Samaritans’ Crisis Services Confidentiality Policy
All information relating to a person who reaches out for help – whether by phone, chat or text – is confidential to Samaritans unless:
o We have informed consent from the person to pass on information
o We call Emergency Services because a person appears to be at imminent risk of death
o We receive a court order requiring us to divulge information
o We are told information about acts of terrorism or bomb warnings
o A person attacks or threatens volunteers or others
o A person deliberately prevents the service from being delivered to other callers
o Samaritans maintains confidentiality even after the death of a caller.