About us/Who we are

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.

Our Vision

A society in which fewer individuals die by suicide.


Our Mission

To offer non-religious, non-judgemental and confidential emotional support to the lonely, despairing, suicidal, or those at risk of becoming so.


Our Values

  •  The importance of having support to explore feelings
  • That being listened to, in confidence, and acceptance without prejudice can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings
  • That everyone has the right to make fundamental decisions about their own life


Our Objectives

  • Offer emotional support at any hour of the day or night to people passing through a personal crisis and those who are in danger of suicide
  • To prepare volunteers to enable them to help the depressed and suicidal by complying with Samaritans principles and practices
  • Raise awareness and support of the organisation so we may provide our services to as many who need it

To find out how you can help us help others, contact us today.

Our supporters


The Samaritans wouldn’t be here without the generous support of individuals, the wider community and businesses. The donations we receive allows us to provide crucial 24/7 Anonymous Crisis Support to Australians dealing with feelings of depression, sadness, loneliness and despair.