It can be really difficult to talk about our feelings. It often seems easier to keep things to ourselves, even though we might be in distress, despair, or feeling that life might not be worth living anymore.
If you're feeling like this, talk to Samaritans. We will listen to you in complete confidence and with an open mind. We'll give you time to think things through. We won't judge you, and we won't tell you what to do.
Whatever is troubling you, we're here to help. You can phone, text, email or visit one of our branches:
Call us: 08457 90 90 90
Text us: 07725 90 90 90
E-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit us: 11 College Place, London Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 2FE (from 10.00am to 10.00pm). There is wheelchair access, and an adapted toilet is available.
Here's how some people have benefited from contacting us:
'I had a really stressful job and problems with my parents. The person at the other end of the phone had time to speak with me. It made me feel that I wasn't the only one going through it, which helped a lot. I didn't feel quite so isolated.'
'Everything had got on top of me. I didn't know where else to turn, and was afraid that I would harm myself again, or worse. Talking to someone has calmed me down and I don't feel so alone now. You don't know what this has meant to me.'
You can find the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Samaritans, including how much it costs to call us, at the national Samaritans website here.
Come along to our next Information Evening to find out what it means to be a Samaritan.
£2.29 pays for a volunteer to answer a call, and £3 provides emotional support via e-mail?