Samaritans of Edinburgh and the Lothians SCIO

Samaritans of Edinburgh and the Lothians SCIO

At a glance


  • Black, asian and minority ethnic groups
  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender
  • Men
  • Mental health
  • Older people / later life
  • Physical disabilities
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Substance misuse
  • Women
  • Young people

Other details

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


To enable persons in Edinburgh and the Lothians and the surrounding area as well as elsewhere who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those who may be at risk of suicide, to receive confidential emotional support at any time of the day or night in order to improve their emotional health and to reduce the incidence of suicide.


Our volunteers are trained to offer emotional support via the phone, email and online chat. Face to face services were also offered before the pandemic and it is hoped that will start up again. Volunteers are also involved in outreach in schools and communities and supporting listening schemes in two prisons. 

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