Samaritans began in 1953, founded by a vicar called Chad Varah in London.
Chad conducted a funeral for a girl aged 14 who took her own life when she started her period because she had no one to talk to and believed she had a sexually transmitted disease. This gave Chad the idea for the creation of Samaritans.
On 2nd of November 1953, the first call to the service was made and this is recognised as Samaritans’ official birthday.
The aim of the service is to provide a safe space so people can talk and be listened to without judgement.
The Samaritans of Bournemouth and District
During the year 2016 a report showed Bournemouth Samaritans
- Had telephone dialogue with 12,090 callers
- Replied to 5837 texts
- Answered 2450 e-mails
- Collated a total of 20,377 caller contacts
- Had 138 visit the Branch to speak with a Volunteer
During the year 2017 a report showed Bournemouth Samaritans
- Had telephone dialogue with 21,694 callers
- Replied to 9,095 texts
- Answered 3,290 emails
- Collated a total of 34,079 caller contacts
- Had 121 callers visit the branch to speak with a Volunteer
- Made an income of £66.5k
Samaritans’ suicide statistics report showed in 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49.
Samaritans focus on preventing suicides, particularly focusing on male suicides, as male suicide rates are currently a lot higher than women suicide rates.
The Samaritans 2018 suicide statistics report:
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