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Don't suffer in silence

A QUARTER of Irish people feel that they have no one to share their troubles with.

Another two in five of us don't want to burden others with our problems, while 20pc feel embarrassed to ask for help.

The shocking statistics come from a survey conducted on behalf of the Samaritans helpline.

Today one young woman, Rita Bourke, bravely revealed how she reached out for help on a number of occasions when she was going through difficult times in her life.

She credits the Samaritans with saving her life.

"People shouldn't be ashamed to seek help" is her message - and she's right.

Everybody needs a little extra support at some point in their lives.

Whether it's a service such as the Samaritans, a family member, friend or neighbour, we should all take a leaf out of Rita's book and ask for help when we need it.