The Samaritans is a resource to provide information about suicide; to educate others and raise awareness about suicide, and; to provide support to suicide survivors and those considering suicide. While referral to a licensed mental health provider or therapist is always the best option, there are those who are uncomfortable in traditional therapeutic environments or who cannot afford treatment. Those struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide may just need someone to listen, without judgement, and who can refer them to other support services.
The Samaritans Keene chapter was founded in 1981 by a local family, who lost their son to suicide. Samaritan volunteers answer confidential, anonymous crisis hotlines for people that are lonely, isolated depressed or suicidal.