About us/Who we are

Who we are

From humble beginnings in 1967 when the first volunteer said “Hello, Samaritans”, we have been providing 24 hour telephone support to the suicidal and despairing in Western Australia.

Since then Samaritans have been taking calls, helping the sad, lonely, depressed and despairing work through their emotional issues.

The roots of our organisation extend back to the UK in 1953. Reverend Chad Varah was deeply saddened by the news of a teenage girl who suicided after feeling she had no one to turn to. His vision was a volunteer based non-religious, non-judgemental and confidential service that he founded and which has since .flourished around the world.

If you need somebody to talk to, we are here for you.



Samaritans is primarily supported by donations from individuals, community and corporate organisations. The Samaritans also receives funding from the Mental Health Commission although Government funding alone is not enough to provide our services. We need private funding – please see our donations page

We are staffed by a small administration team along with our dedicated volunteers.  The organisation is steered by an experienced Management Committee who also provides their time and expertise on a volunteer basis.