THE Samaritans received a record number of calls over the past year – with one in six callers expressing anxiety due to the recession.
Samaritans Ireland reported its busiest year ever, with a record 412,167 calls logged over the past 12 months, an increase of 3pc over 2011.
The charity said the calls were longer than in the past but also covered a more diverse range of issues, including depression, loneliness, stress, abuse and family and relationship problems. But worries over money also figured in a large number of calls.
National chairman Pio Fenton said: "Money is an issue that seems to be causing more and more difficulty, and the nature of calls we receive reflects that."