Breaking news: Samaritans helpline now free

Samaritans has launched a new free-to-call UK helpline number which will not show up in a user’s phone bill.

Samaritans said the free helpline was able to come about following funding from the Big Lottery Fund and support from Vodafone, and the co-operation of major telecommunications companies.

The charity say the new free number, which was launched last week, will enable more people who may be struggling to cope access its services.

The new free helpline number, which is available 24/7, is 116 123.

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