For adults

Why do people call the Samaritans?

There are many things that could be happening in our lives that might prompt someone to call Samaritans. Everyone’s story is different and we are here to listen to what is on your mind. It could be:

  • loneliness and isolation
  • depression or other mental health concerns
  • relationship or family problems
  • loss and bereavement
  • financial worries or job-related anxiety
  • school, college or study-related stress
  • illness – your own or someone you care for
  • addiction or substance abuse
  • thoughts of suicide.

Maybe it’s none of these things; that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up the phone. Recognising and understanding what’s going on can sometimes be difficult. You may not be depressed but you may be feeling overwhelmed with life’s situations and, without support, this can spiral into anguish and despair.


Are you experiencing some of these?


  • I don’t look forward to things as much as I used to
  • I have difficulty facing the day; I don’t want to get out of bed
  • I’m having trouble sleeping
  • I don’t feel like talking with or being around other people
  • I am feeling more emotional than usual
  • I don’t feel like I can manage doing everyday things
  • I don’t feel like doing things that I usually enjoy
  • I am easily agitated or frustrated
  • I have found myself drinking alcohol or taking other drugs more than I used to in order to cope with my feelings
  • I have lost interest in my appearance or have become overly worried about the way I look



Dealing with depression and suicidal feelings can become overwhelming and extremely challenging at times. It is important to take each day as it comes and to remember there is always help available.

Although Samaritans cannot give advice, here are some well recognised tips to help you alleviate and work towards overcoming your emotional anguish:

  • Connect with others – surround yourself with a strong support group such as family, friends, sporting or recreational groups. If you don’t have a support network reach out to an organisation such as the Samaritans which is dedicated to helping you work through your personal situation.
  • Get plenty of rest. Take up and maintain a regular exercise routine and commit to a healthy and varied diet.
  • Surround yourself with positive messages and steer away from negative television, print media and online publications that may only deepen your anguish.
  • Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling. If you can’t speak to someone you know, call a helpline such as the Samaritans.


If you need somebody to talk to, call Samaritans now on 13 52 47.