'100,000 calls' to Samaritans

There has been a huge rise in the number of calls to the Samaritans, reaching 100,000 in the past two years, the charity has said.

'One in six' call Samaritans with financial worries

The chief executive of the Samaritans, Catherine Johnstone said recent figures have shown that one in six people call the Samaritans to talk about their financial difficulties, previously that figure was one in ten.

Speaking to ITV's Daybreak she said: "Talking about what's upsetting you, what's distressing you earlier in that crisis is a real key to ensuring you don't come on to become one of those unfortunate people who takes their own life."

Factfile: Sixty years of the Samaritans

Founded 60 years ago, the Samaritans offers a '999' service to potential suicides.

  • The charity was founded by Prebendary Dr Chad Varah CH CBE in 1953
  • Chad worked from his church of St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, where he took his first call on 2nd November 1953, during a time when it was against the law to be homosexual or to die by suicide
  • The world's first 24-hour telephone helpline, it has grown to a service delivered by more than 20,000 volunteers across 201 branches today
  • Someone contacts the Samaritans every six seconds
  • More than 127,000 volunteers have answered over 115 million calls for help by telephone, email or text message
  • Samaritans volunteers also work with schools, hospitals, homeless shelters and prisons
  • The charity has a series of partnerships with Facebook, Google and Network Rail to reduce suicides and provides training to outside organisations

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The Samaritans have revealed an increase in the number of calls made in the past two years, the charity now takes up to five million calls a year.

In 2012, Samaritans answered 5,060,579 calls for help, an increase of 100,000 in the last two years.

  • More than 127,000 volunteers have answered over 115 million calls for help, twice the UK population, since it was established 60 years ago
  • More than 6,500 lives are lost to suicide each year, with suicides on the increase, up more than 8% in the last year
  • For every suicide there are approximately 20 attempts made

'100,000 calls' made to Samaritans in past two years

The number of calls made to the Samaritans has risen to five million a year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

There has been a huge rise in the number of calls to the Samaritans, reaching 100,000 in the past two years, the charity has said.

The number of calls has risen to five million per year, which the charity says is because of difficult economic conditions and general hardship.