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For the ethnic group of this name, see Samaritan
Samaritans (formerly The Samaritans) is a British organization for counselling those who are suicidal or in despair. They were founded in 1953 by Chad Varah, whose personal experience as a vicar led him to understand that there was a need for this service.
Samaritans is part of Befrienders International, the international organization set up to coordinate befriending activities internationally.