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Samaritans volunteers answered almost 35,000 calls in Ireland last December

Samaritans volunteers answered almost 35,000 calls in Ireland last December

Samaritans volunteers answered almost 35,000 calls in Ireland last December

Samaritans Ireland has urged people to reach out if they’re struggling or need someone to talk to.

The charity, which provides support for those in emotional distress, is highlighting the power of talking as part of the charity’s annual Talk to Us awareness campaign which takes place throughout July.

Several branches across Ireland will also mark Samaritans Awareness Day on Sunday, July 24 to help spread the message that volunteers are available to listen to anyone who is struggling 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The regional director in Cork Samaritans, said it has been a “challenging” few years for everyone.

Aileen Spitere said: “We know that many people are still facing all kinds of pressure, however, we want to remind the public that they are not alone. It doesn’t matter how great or small the problems feel, our volunteers are here at any time of day or night, whatever they are facing.”

“Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit, or you can email jo@samaritans.ie.

“We’re looking forward to spreading the word about Talk to Us in person this July. Now that the pandemic restrictions have lifted, many of our volunteers will be out and about to make sure people know that we are always available.”

Several branches across the country are also organising 7km walks or outreach events on July 24 to highlight how Samaritans are available at all times.

These include Athlone, Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Ennis, Limerick and Sligo, as well as Belfast, Coleraine, Craigavon and Omagh in Northern Ireland. In Kilkenny, volunteers will take part in a Dawn to Dusk walk on July 23.

Samaritans’ volunteers across Ireland spent over 100,000 hours responding to calls for help last year and continue to be there for anyone struggling to cope.

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