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Set up in 1984, Samaritans has 201 branches across the UK, and on Tyneside there are more than 100 people offering their time to talk and help others.
During 2013, the Newcastle-based branch of Samaritans received just under 22,000 contacts via phone, email, text and face-to-face meetings.
Last year Huddersfield Samaritans answered 17,668 calls for help.
But the Samaritans need PS10,000 a year to operate and fundraisers are appealing for yellow tokens from the Daily Post so that they can apply to our PS25,000 Make A Wish Fund.
A 63-year-old Birmingham branch volunteer, who wanted only to be known as John, said: "The Samaritans saved the life of a dear friend of mine, and I saw the work they do and I was attracted to it.
Ramallah Relations between Palestinian Muslims and the small sect known as Samaritans, have recently deteriorated following an Israeli "scheme" to exaggerate historical and religious differences between the two.
Reinhard Pummer, who teaches in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, has written books and articles about the Samaritans over several decades.
1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Samaritans of Rhode Island, a Rhode Island-based non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention and awareness education, recently created an emergency brochure which includes a critical checklist for what to do if a friend or family member threatens suicide.
TEESSIDE Samaritans can provide vital support for students concerned about their exam results.
Calls to the Samaritans soared over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
The Samaritans call themselves "Shomrim," that is, "keepers" of the Torah.
Drummer Phil said: 'I was 19 when I became a Samaritans volunteer.