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Samaritans urges people struggling to cope: ‘Talk to us’

Published 15/07/2014 | 02:30

People have many reasons for ringing The Samaritans. Picture posed
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Samaritans has launched national awareness campaign "Talk to Us" to emphasise the importance of talking and to highlight that the charity is available at any time for anyone struggling to cope.

Samaritans volunteers   will be taking to the streets during the month of July.

Peter Coonan, who stars in the RTE drama Love Hate, said about the charity: “Few services operate around the clock.”

As part of “Talk to Us”, Samaritans is teaming up with the GAA and will have a presence at the Leinster and Ulster football finals. The charity launched a new freephone number — 116 123 — earlier this year, which has resulted in an increase of almost 20pc in answered calls.

Coonan added: “It is important people speak about the issues that get them down and Samaritans is a confidential service that nobody should be afraid to contact.”

Dublin: Volunteers from Dublin Samaritans will be on Pearse Street and in the Grand Canal area from 12pm to 2pm each day from July 21 to 23.

They will then be on Grafton Street from 12pm to midnight on July 24 and O’Connell Street from 12pm to midnight on July 25.

Limerick: Volunteers from Limerick Samaritans will hold an awareness event on Bedford Row from 2pm on July 23.

Newbridge: Volunteers from Newbridge and Kildare Samaritans will be at the Whitewater Shopping Centre on July 25 from 1pm to 3pm.

Sligo: Volunteers from Sligo Samaritans will be at the Lough Gill 10k Swim on August 30.

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