The campaign will culminate this week with a series of events across the country. On Monday 24th July, Samaritans’ staff and volunteers will be in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Waterford and Wicklow to highlight Samaritans’ 24/7 service.
Commenting, Samaritans Kilkenny & Carlow Branch Director, Ivan Kennedy said: “The aim of the Talk To Us campaign is to increase awareness and understanding of Samaritans’ service and the value of listening. It gives branches the opportunity to get out into their local community and to let people know what we do.”
He added: “Samaritans marks 24th July (24/7) each year to highlight that volunteers in our 12 branches are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. To mark 24/7, additional volunteers will be on hand from 10pm tonight (SUN) to tomorrow morning at 8am to take calls from vulnerable people.”
Samaritans’ Executive Director, Deirdre Toner said: “The 24/7 nature of Samaritans’ service is a vital support for people in distress when other services may not be available. Last year, more than one in three calls to our 116 123 helpline were received between 6pm and midnight and 63% of all calls to the service were made between 6pm and 6am.
She added: “Samaritans volunteers work hard to provide a space for people in crisis when there may be nowhere else to turn and it is important that people who are feeling suicidal know that there is someone they can talk to at any time of the day or night.”
Dr. Kennedy said: “We are delighted that Irish Rail is once again supporting the Talk To Us campaign and we would like to thank them for this. We are also looking forward to working with the residents of the Direct Provision Centre in Mosney, where our aim is to help them to establish links in the community.”
Further information on the Samaritans 24/7 and Talk to Us initiatives can be found on the Samaritans website.
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