The first Samaritans centre in New Zealand was set up in Wellington in 1965. Samaritans has been operating ever since, typically now taking about 20,000 calls a year. Wellington, like the other centres across New Zealand, is there for callers literally every day of the year, 24/7. We offer sympathetic, caring and confidential support to people from all walks of life.
Our callers often experience mental health issues such as depression including suicidality, as well as drug and alcohol abuse and bereavement. There are no limits to why someone calls Samaritans and no limits to what we will listen to.
Our volunteers are carefully selected and like our callers come from all walks of life. Samaritans are chosen for their personal qualities and skills. They are then trained to be able to provide callers with the sort of support they need.
Wellington Samaritans also runs a School Awareness Programme (for further details call our office on 04 472 3676).
The Samaritans do all this with almost no government funding. We rely exclusively on the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations for the thousands of dollars we need to raise each year to continue our service.