Samaritans Ireland will continue to offer support services throughout Dublin Pride festival for people who are feeling alone, anxious, or depressed, and need someone to talk to.
Although the Dublin Pride Festival will not proceed as normal this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, organisers are hosting the first-ever Digital Dublin Pride Festival with a fully interactive virtual Pride Parade and a Pride Concert. Buildings will still light up for Pride, flags will be flying high across the city and the LGBTQ community will still be there to support each other. So will Samaritans.
Niall Mulligan, Executive Director with Samaritans Ireland said: “During this year’s Digital Pride Festival, volunteers from Samaritans Ireland’s will be available to offer free, confidential, emotional support for anyone who needs us. Samaritans Ireland is proud of our involvement with Pride over many years, always offering non-judgmental listening services to anyone who needs to talk”.
The Covid19 crisis has magnified many of the issues Samaritans deal with on a regular basis such as isolation and loneliness, anxiousness and mental health, family and relationship issues, and financial worries. Niall Mulligan pointed out that “We want everyone to know Samaritans will be available, day or night, to support those people who need us. Anyone who might be struggling to cope, or who may be feeling anxious, depressed or alone, or who just needs to talk to someone, can call our free 24-hour helpline (116 123), and speak with one of our volunteers. We are here to listen.”
For more information or an interview please contact Ciaran Brennan on [email protected] or 085 860 5554.
Notes to editors
Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email [email protected] or visit www.samaritans.ie to find details of your nearest branch.