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.
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.
We work closely with a number of organisations across Scotland to reduce suicide and promote mental wellbeing
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 email@example.com
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.
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 Scotland@samaritans.org.
To contact Samaritans for emotional support , please call 08457 90 90 90 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For marketing, media and general enquiries, or to find out how you can support our work in Scotland, please contact:
Fiona Barlow, Public Affairs Officer for Scotland, Samaritans, Spectrum House, 2 Powderhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4GB
Tel: 0131 556 7058 - admin office number only, please call 08457 90 90 90 to speak to Samaritans
Follow us on Twitter: @Sams_scotland