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Samaritans, Inc.
41 West St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
United States
617 247 0220


Samaritans’ purpose is to alleviate despair, isolation, distress and suicidal feelings among individuals in their community, 24 hours a day; to educate the public about suicide prevention; and to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. They accomplish this through services that emphasize confidential, nonjudgmental, and compassionate listening.

The Samaritans of Boston was established in 1974. In 2005, they joined forces with their sister branch in Framingham to become Samaritans. Samaritans is a United Way of Massachusetts Bay affiliate and also a certified member of Contact USA. There are Samaritans offices in other regions of Massachusetts, the U.S. and the world, the first having originated in England in 1953. Samaritans branches share a common mission and philosophy, but operate independently of each other. Samaritans is a non-denominational agency and provides services to any individual, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, race, disabilities, sexual orientation or religion.

As the only suicide prevention organization in the greater Boston and MetroWest areas, Samaritans is an important resource to the community, providing a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week service that alleviates the isolation and emotional despair that can lead to suicide.

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