Befriending: The American Samaritans
by Monica Dickens
University of Wisconsin Press, 1996
Paper: 978-0-87972-700-0
Library of Congress Classification HV6548.U5D53 1996
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.2870973

This book relates the founding in America, and evaluates the effectiveness of, a branch of the worldwide organization of volunteers known as the Samaritans, committed to the prevention of suicide through the simple means of “listening therapy.” Great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Monica Dickens was best known in England as a novelist; in America, as the founder of the U.S. Samaritans. Today Samaritans are in every large city of the country. Volunteers work twenty-four hours a day, answering telephones or meeting troubled people, to try to give them, in nonjudgmental ways, the help they need to get their lives back in order.

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