Who we are
Bristol Samaritans is an independent charity affiliated with the national Samaritans charity, whose mission is to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicidal feelings and suicidal behaviour. Our work is vital in providing free non-judgemental support to people going through times of despair, distress or thinking about self-harm, or even suicide.
The branch has been operating since 1964 and focuses on emotional health in the local community of Greater Bristol and South Gloucester. We provide support on the phone, via emails and through face-to-face visits to our premises in the centre of Bristol. In total the branch responded to over 39,500 contacts in 2019. We have an active team that supports local prisons, gives talks in schools and colleges and supports the Network Rail campaign to reduce suicide on the railways. We also have a relationship with local organisations that target the most vulnerable members of society.
We are staffed entirely by our 165 volunteers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and need to raise all the funds to keep our Centre and outreach service running which amounted to £73,000 in the financial year 2018/19 as we receive no statutory funding.
You can use this website to contribute funds in any way that you want. For example, by setting up a fundraising page for a personal challenge or participation in an organised event, collecting to mark a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, giving in recognition or memory of a special person, or making a regular donation.For many people our emotional support service is their lifeline: in turn we depend on the generosity of others to keep our Centre open so thank you for your support!
Find out more
The Samaritans,37 St. Nicholas Street