About James Jopling, Samaritans Scotland

James is the Executive Director for Scotland at Samaritans.  The charity overall were contacted over 5.4m times last year from across the UK and Ireland by people in crisis and distress.  The service is provided entirely by volunteers at any time of the day or night.  In Scotland there are around 1000 volunteers and just two paid staff, in 19 branches from Shetland to Selkirk. James’ role is to lead on work to prevent suicide through national relationships, partnerships and through work with national and local Government.  He has worked in the sector for the past 20 years for charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research UK, Shelter and Breast Cancer Now.