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Depression or Thoughts of Suicide
Each year, the Samaritans provide unconditional and non-judgmental support to over 130,000 people in need. Their service is free, confidential, anonymous, and available 24 hours a day.
They provide someone to talk to any time day or night. They have support teams oriented toward college students, teens and individuals suffering grief in the loss of a loved one.
Their 24 hour toll free help line is 877-870-HOPE (877-870-4673).
Their Greater Boston number is 617-247-0220.
Their MetroWest (of Boston) number is 508-875-4500
The SamariTEENS is their youth peer leadership service, dedicated to prevent suicide among teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress.
From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, this service is staffed by volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18; outside those hours, calls are answered by adult volunteers.
The free and confidential Teen line is 1-800-252-TEEN (1-800-252-7336).
If you are seeking help for a friend, the Samaritan’s website with more information in your search for hope is a valuable resource.
We also encourage anyone dealing with depression and suicide risk, whether for themselves or for loved ones, to consult the Suicide and Depression Awareness Guide assembled by 'Learn Psychology' with a focus on students. This guide is valuable, not only to students, but to anyone dealing with these difficulties. And beyond the referenced materials, you can always reach our to our clergy. You are not alone.