who we are

The listening team at SOS Help is made up entirely of volunteers. We're trained by professional psychologists, who provide continued training and support, but who do not work on the line. We're trained to listen to you, and not to judge, label or diagnose you.

We represent a diverse range of nationalities, ethnicities, orientations, political and religious views, but we are not a religious or political organisation, and will never impose any personal attitudes or beliefs on you.

Founded in 1974 by a group of American and British health and mental health professionals, with the help of Chad Varah, founder of the Samaritans, and with the support of Paris-based English speaking organisations such as the English and American churches and the American Hospital, SOS Help is a non-profit organisation recognised under the French law of 1901.

SOS Help is a branch of France's SOS Amitie Federation and is linked to the Samaritans.

Our organisation relies on the work of our volunteers, both listeners and non-listeners, and on donations as well as proceeds from our fundraising events.

Feel free to scan the articles and blogs on our press page for more information about our service.

We are grateful for the support and encouragement of our Honorary Patron, Lady Ricketts. Traditionally the wife of the British Ambassador fills this important role and we are thankful for her continued involvement in SOS Help. We also appreciate the ongoing efforts of our Honorary Members and former Patrons, Lady Westmacott, Lady Jay and Lady Holmes.