The Samaritans

samaritans_logoThe Samaritans are a confidential help service for people who are finding it difficult to cope. The Samaritans can offer emotional support to people with feelings of distress or despair, including those that may lead to suicide. You can call, send a text or use the email service.

National Line – 08457 90 90 90 (lo-call rate)

  • Local Branch 0131 221 9999 (base d in Edinburgh).
  • The national text phone number (for persons that have hearing or speech difficulties) is 08457 90 91 92 (local call charge applies).
  • You can also send a text message from a mobile on 07725 90 90 90.
  • You can send an email at

The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They don’t make judgments, or offer advice. Instead, the Samaritans believe in the value of having time and space to explore difficult feelings. They also believe that being listened to in confidence, and accepted without prejudice, can alleviate despair and suicidal feelings.


For any kind of business enquiry relating to the Branch including volunteering, outreach, school talks, press etc write to



Address: 25 Torphichen Street Edinburgh
Post Code: EH3 8HX
Telephone Number: 0131 221 9999   (admin number 0131 229 4348)National Tel. No. 08457 90 90 90



National Helpline open 24/7


Eligibility & Referrals 

Service available to all, free of charge.  Self-referral.