As Samaritans, our mission is to reduce emotional distress, despair, or feelings of isolation through community education and outreach programs in the Monadnock Region that befriend as well as support those in crisis while maintaining confidentiality and anonymity.
Befriending services are only offered through our crisis hotlines:
603-357-5505 or Toll Free in NH 1-866-457-2910
For questions about The Samaritans, educational programs, becoming a member of the Board of Directors, or other ways that you can help please call:
"Befriending" is when one ordinary human being offers compassion to another at a time of crisis or loneliness.
It is both more and less than ordinary friendship. It is more because it guarantees absolute confidentiality. It is less because it is not mutual: the volunteer does not speak about him/herself. The relationship is limited to the duration and extent of the caller’s need. Advice is not given. Action is not taken or imposed without the consent of the caller.
The crisis hotlines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone who is feeling lonely, depressed or suicidal.
24 hour confidential and anonymous hotlines for adults and teens
Education to youth in area schools on prevention of suicide
Safe Place support group for individuals who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide
Educational and outreach programs for the community