Welcome to Samaritans

​Whatever you're going through, call us any time on 0800 726 666.


Samaritans offer confidential, non-religious and non-judgemental support to anyone who may be feeling depressed, lonely, or even be contemplating suicide.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you don't have to be suicidal to call us. 


Some of the common reasons to call Samaritans include:

Don't suffer alone, our dedicated volunteers are there to help, and it’s amazing the difference having someone who listens and cares can make.


  • focus on empathetic listening in a non-judgmental way
  • help people talk through what's troubling them
  • offer compassion and understanding
  • offer callers confidentiality and anonymity
  • offer support and encouragement 
  • respect a callers right to make their own decisions
  • explore what options are open to callers
  • help callers find their own way through the tough times

While most of our work is over the telephone, some Samaritans branches also offer a service for visitors to our centres, where they can meet and listen to people in person. It is a good idea to ring the helpline of your local centre to arrange a time. The New Zealand Samaritans service is a charitable organisation and is headquartered in Wellington. There are four Samaritans offices across the North Island and they can be contacted directly if you prefer.