- 30 Oct 20
Samaritans have been operating for 60 years.
During these unprecedented times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless.
At Samaritans, they believe that – no matter the issue – if given the time and space to talk, you can find a way through your problems. The organisation has volunteers, who are available 24/7 to help those in need explore their options and make the right decisions for their mental wellbeing.
Many people are suffering from loneliness, stress from working at home or increased pressure from family, while others may be facing unemployment or increased financial debts.
“That’s why Samaritans are there,” says Niall Mulligan, the company’s executive director. “For 60 years people have been talking to us, in their own way, about whatever’s getting to them.”
Last year, volunteers answered over half a million calls in Ireland, and the organisation strongly urges those who are struggling not to wait until they feel suicidal to get in touch.
“Unfortunately, some people do not have the support of friends or family,” Niall says. “Others do, but will sometimes find that speaking with someone neutral is, at times, beneficial.
“Many people find talking to someone else is the best way to get help. It just needs to be someone you trust.
“If you’re worried about someone and want to ask how they are, give them the space to talk, ask open questions, listen to what they say, and let them know you’re there for them. But make sure you have support too, if you’re helping a friend.”
• If you need to talk, call Samaritans on freephone 116 123 or email [email protected]