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Name of Organization The Samaritans
Mission The Samaritans multilingual suicide prevention hotline and other services provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Objectives Our vision is for a society in which fewer people die by suicide, and where people are able to explore their own feelings, and acknowledge and respect the feelings of others.
Core Services The Samaritans 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline provides confidential emotional support to all people, for those who are depressed, isolated, helpless, hopeless or may be suicidal. We listen and accept our callers just the way they are. We don't give advice or impose our beliefs. Anyone can simply call us and tell us just how bad it is.

We organize three Training Programmes a year. We teach Listening Skills, depression related topics and all you need to begin your Samaritans career.

We offer email service (available both in English and Chinese) and we try our best to respond within 24 hours.

Our outreach teams go to schools, elderly centers, hospitals, organizations and corporate to share the Work of the Samaritans, Listening Skills and Depression & Suicidal Behaviour - How to Recongnise It.
Achievements / Pioneer Projects We are the only hotline in Hong Kong serving both the Chinese and non-Chinese speaking communities. We have been manning a 24- hour hotline everyday in Hong Kong since 1974. In the year April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012, we answered 29,110 hotline calls , that is an average of 80 calls per day.

We also offer the only bilingual email befriending service for suicide prevention in Hong Kong. In the year April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012, we replied 367 emails seeking emotional support.

Young Samaritans Peer Support Programme (YSPSP) aims to prevent youth suicide by peer-based training and emotional support to teenagers. Through a six-month programme with workshops and outdoor life-skills training, the participants develop their own, as well as their peers' personal and group capacities to attain emotional well-being. In the year April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012, 68 student ambassadors completed the training and reached out to about 6,500 peers through the school activities they organized.

The monthly meeting of the English speaking support group for people bereaved by suicide (PBS) may the be the only one in Hong Kong to offer such service in English. Our aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, thus giving and gaining support from each other
Available disclosure of annual report, financial statement(s) or other publications to the public Uploaded on organisation website
(URL: http://www.samaritans.org.hk/annual-report )

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