Extreme loneliness, worries, and grief are just a few reasons why people call the Samaritans helpline on 0800 72 66 66. Providing a confidential listening and support telephone service, the Samaritans have been operating in NZ for over 55 years.
We’ve all heard the phrase ‘It’s ok to ask for help’, but it can be daunting to call a helpline service. It can also be hard to know which helpline to ring. Samaritan’s service is truly unique. You can talk to us about whatever you’re going through. When you ring us, your identity is entirely anonymous, and what you talk about will remain confidential. We’ll help you find the right solutions to solve your own problems. Trained volunteers are available, day and night when you need to get the really hard stuff off your chest. There is a lot of truth to the adage that a burden shared is a burden halved.
At the heart of Samaritans is the vision that fewer people die by suicide. Tragically, many of us have known someone has died in this manner. Depression and anxiety can kill, so if you’re feeling down or hopeless or know somebody feeling this way, don’t hesitate to reach out to Samaritans.
They understand there are times when you don’t feel comfortable talking to your family or friends about your problems. That’s where Samaritans can come in. Talking to a stranger, like a trained helpline volunteer, can be extremely helpful and powerful. Our volunteers genuinely care and are trained in the art of how to listen with empathy.
It can take months to access mental health services, but Samaritans offer immediate assistance. Our volunteers will never screen your call to see if you qualify, put you on a waiting list, or record your call. Our service is non-religious, and volunteers are trained to be non-judgmental.
The Samaritans are urgently looking for more helpline volunteers in Wellington to meet the demand from callers. Would you be interested in joining the team? You don't need to have been through a particular life experience or be from a specific walk of life. Anyone who wants to help others, who is tolerant and open-minded is welcome to apply. We provide training and mentoring. If you are interested, please sign up on our website https://www.samaritans.org.nz/volunteer/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (04) 472 3676.
Samaritans help thousands of people every year and for many, it can be the first step towards a brighter day.