25 Torphichen Street
Edinburgh EH3 8HX
How we can help
Welcome to Edinburgh & the Lothians Samaritans
Edinburgh & the Lothians Christmas Campaign
Be a Samaritans Christmas Star and help people struggling to cope.
By making a donation or fundraising for Samaritans this Christmas, you can help more people find a glimmer of light on their darkest days.
Edinburgh & the Lothian Branch was the first Samaritans Branch to open in Scotland in 1959, and is the 2nd oldest branch of Samaritans in the UK. We are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to support people who are struggling to cope.
“The whole tone of the voice and the way they relate to a caller - there’s a kind of compassion and sensitivity to how they treat you, and how they speak to you.” Samaritans Caller
When someone contacts us, our volunteers are there to actively listen and support them whilst they explore their feelings. Being able to give a person a human connection and their own space hopefully helps them feel supported and less alone with their feelings.
In a recent study, callers to Samaritans reported a significant reduction in distress after calling us, and 7 out of 10 callers still felt better one week after calling Samaritans, and 53% of callers felt less lonely or isolated with their feelings. (Markham, T., Forshaw, A. And Sutcliffe, R. (2020) Samaritans Caller Outcomes Study. Birmingham: MEL Research LTD).
Volunteer with us
To find out more information on the volunteer role available within our branch, please visit our volunteering pages. Here you will find lots of information about what it is like to be a Samaritans Volunteer and how to apply to our branch.
Support during the pandemic
The last 12 months for everyone has seen unprecedented change due to the impact of Coronavirus on our day-to-day lives. As well as being able to contact us 24 hours a day, we have pulled together some resources to help during this time.
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Visitors to the Branch
We're currently unable to support people face-to-face, but you can phone 116 123 or email [email protected] twenty-four hours a day.
Our privacy statement
At Samaritans, privacy is at the heart of what we do. We are committed to protecting your privacy and the personal information that we hold. Read our privacy statement here.
Visitors to the Branch
We're currently unable to support people face-to-face, but we are able to support people through our helpline and email services. You can phone 116 123 or email [email protected] 24 hours a day.