Samaritans Scotland share their impact

Across Scotland, Samaritans volunteers spent more than 60,00 hours providing emotional support in 2018.

Volunteers, from Scotland’s 19 branches were contacted more than 249,000 times last year. More than 750 volunteers in Scotland give up their time every month to support Samaritans 24 hour listening service, contributing the equivalent of 2,500 day providing emotional support.

The Impact Report 2017-18 recognises the staggering contribution of volunteers make, supporting Samaritans to be there for people whenever need their support. It also shares how Samaritans are working with decision makers, services, businesses and communities, to realise a vision for Scotland where fewer people die by suicide and where everyone can ask for and access support when they need it most.

In addition to providing emotional support to people when they need it most, Samaritans Scotland volunteers ran around 600 events local communities, working alongside schools and youth groups, local services, business and grassroot organisations to promote emotional wellbeing.

“Our volunteers were contacted more than 249,000 times last year and spent the equivalent of 2,500 days responding to people in distress. These numbers show our service is just as relevant and necessary today as it was when Samaritans first began.”

James Jopling, Executive Director for Samaritans Scotland