A busy year for the Samaritans in Scotland

New figures released this week show that last year Samaritans in Scotland had 1,067 volunteers and the service was contacted 244,669 times, by people struggling to cope.

The figures also show the number of people volunteering with Samaritans across the UK and ROI in 2013 reached a 10-year high of 21,200. During the same period, the charity answered 5.23 million calls for help, the highest number for five years.

Samaritans volunteers also took part in 5,500 projects in local communities across the UK and ROI, to raise awareness of the service. These included events at festivals, schools and railway stations, among others.