LOCAL SAMARITANS BRANCH BUSIER THAN EVER

22 December 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Drogheda & North East Branch of Samaritans – which serves counties Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and Meath – have had their busiest year to date answering 26,194 calls in the last 12 months.

Details of the increase in use of Samaritans’ service were revealed in the charity’s 2014-2015 Impact Report covering Samaritans’ work in Ireland.

According to the report, launched on Wednesday, December 16 in Dublin, over 653,161 calls for help were answered by Samaritans volunteers across Ireland in the last year.

Calls to Samaritans have increased by 60 per cent since it launched a free to caller number (116 123) in March 2014.

A partnership between Samaritans, the telecommunications industry, Government and the National Office for Suicide Prevention has made it possible to call Samaritans at no cost to the caller.

Marie McCormack, director of Drogheda & North East Branch of Samaritans, said: “The increase in calls show that many people in Ireland are struggling to cope and need a place to turn to for support.

“Removing the barrier of cost has made it easier for people to access support as they no longer have to worry about call….

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