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 Borders.
We work across Scotland in partnership with a range of organisations to help us deliver our vision that fewer people die by suicide.
On June 1st, 1959, a volunteer at our Edinburgh branch answered the first call to Samaritans in Scotland. Sixty years later, we’re still here to listen when people need us most.
Scotland continues to have a higher rate of suicide than almost every other part of the UK. Find out what we're doing about it here.
Samaritans' Media Guidelines help journalists report suicide and self-harm safely and responsibly.
Our research and policy work drives change that helps save more lives.