About Us

With such a rapid rate of change and numerous new challenges to face, university can be a difficult adjustment. The first Nightline was founded at the University of Essex in 1970 to take action against rising rates of suicide and mental health difficulties amongst students. It has since then grown into a network of professional and empathetic listening volunteers across the world. At its core, Nightline has always been a support service run entirely by students, for students.

Our Edinburgh Nightline story began in 1973 with a few determined, caring student volunteers. Since then we have worked tirelessly to continually grow and improve our service, training hundreds of volunteers along the way and fostering a community that promotes mental health awareness, and offers information and listening support.

We are proud to have won Nightline of the Year 2012, Best Volunteer Training and Support 2015, and Nightline Region of the Year (Scotland) 2016.

Today we operate both a phone line (0131 557 4444)and instant messenger service, open from 8pm to 8am every night of term. We aim to support students across Edinburgh, with backing from all four Edinburgh-based universities.