Samaritans' work in Scotland

Samaritans' work in Scotland

In Scotland we opened our first branch in Edinburgh in 1959.  Since then we have grown to 19 branches supported by over 1,000 volunteers across the country, stretching from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.

Day or night, a Samaritans volunteer is there to give support to anyone feeling down or struggling to cope.

Find out the latest news from Scotland

Taking the lead to reduce suicide

In Scotland around 800 people die by suicide every year, making it a major public health issue. Find out how Samaritans are working in Scotland.

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Volunteer with Samaritans

If you are interested in becoming a Samaritans volunteer, please visit our volunteering pages where you will find out more about the variety of rewarding roles and how to apply.

Events in Scotland

If you are organising an event and would like Samaritans to be involved, please contact

Samaritans welcomes the Scottish Government Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013 – 2016

The Scottish Government’s new suicide prevention strategy was launched on December 3 in Glasgow by Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson MSP.
The Suicide Prevention Strategy 2013- 2016 follows Scotland’s first national suicide prevention strategy Choose Life, which was created in 2002. The new strategy sets out eleven commitments by Scottish Government to continue the downward trend in suicides in Scotland.  
The strategy identifies five work themes:
          Responding to people in distress
          Talking about suicide
          Improving the NHS response to suicide
          Developing the evidence base
          Supporting change and improvement
Samaritans welcomes the continued commitment to collaborative working with the voluntary sector spelled out in the strategy, reaffirming that suicide prevention is not simply the business of government but of all of us.  The recognition of the importance of providing a compassionate response to people in distress is one we wholeheartedly endorse – it is fundamental to the approach of Samaritans. We look forward to developing our partnerships in support of the aims of the new strategy. 

Read a short summary of the strategy here

Samaritans’ response to the Scottish Government Engagement Paper on the Prevention Suicide and Self-Harm

The Scottish Government recently produced an Engagement Paper to prompt discussion and gather feedback from agencies and individuals across Scotland to inform the development of a new strategy to prevent suicide and self-harm. You can read Samaritans' response to the Engagement Paper here.

If you have any questions or comments about the response, please contact Andrew Sim, Executive Director for Scotland via 

Introducing our Deprivation Project

Taking forward the approach that suicide must be addressed as both a social issue and a health issue (Men and Suicide: Why it's a social issue), Samaritans in Scotland is looking into suicide risk factors across Scotland. Funded by the Scottish Government, this project will help us to identify the varying suicide factors and develop localised suicide reduction strategies, working in partnership with local agencies to increase suicide awareness and support access to services. Read more about the Deprivation Project.

Scotland office

All enquiries relating to:

  • Marketing
  • Media
  • General information
  • Supporting our work in Scotland

should be directed to Fiona Barlow at:
Public Affairs Officer for Scotland
Spectrum House
2 Powderhall Road
Edinburgh EH7 4GB.
0131 556 7058 - admin office number only, please call 08457 90 90 90 to speak to Samaritans
Follow us on Twitter: @Sams_scotland