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Samaritans are just a phone call away

Samaritans helps individuals with despair, isolation, distress, and suicidal feelings. The group’s primary suicide prevention program is the 24-hour “telephone befriending service,” which receives more than 125,000 calls per year. Samaritans also educates the public about suicide prevention and seeks to reduce the stigma associated with suicide. The organization originated in England in 1953, and Samaritans of Boston was established in 1974. A 2005 merger with Framingham Samaritans created the existing organization, the only suicide prevention agency for Boston and MetroWest. Three phone numbers are available to provide help every day at any hour:

Boston: 617-247-0220

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Framingham: 508-875-4500

Statewide toll-free: 877-870-HOPE

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