Hey Sam is a dedicated peer-to-peer texting service for people up to 24 years old. Designed for and staffed by young people, Hey Sam gives youth the opportunity to reach peers if they are struggling, need someone to talk to, or need support.
If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, depressed, overwhelmed, or suicidal, we are here for you.
Whatever the reason, reach out. You are not alone. Text: 439-726 | Hours: 9AM-9PM
Our Impact in 2022
young people have used Hey Sam since its launch
young people engaged as peer-to-peer text support
text conversations have been received
How it Works
- Text Hey Sam at 439-726 when you need to talk.
- One of our incredible volunteers will answer your text.
- They will ask for your name, but you do not need to disclose it if you don’t feel comfortable.
- Our volunteers will listen to you. We will not give advice or try to “fix” anything. We simply want to support you in whatever feelings you want to share.
Become a Hey Sam Volunteer
Each day, people who struggle with loneliness, depression, or suicidal feelings turn to Samaritans’ Hey Sam text line for nonjudgmental support. On the other side of their text message, they find a caring listener ready to provide compassion. You can be that caring listener!
People up to age 24 who want to help us answer Hey Sam texts are encouraged to fill out a volunteer inquiry form here.
Be the support someone needs.
TERMS OF SERVICE