Samaritans available any time any day

Dear editor

Dear editor

Limerick Tipperary branch of Samaritans has launched its ‘24/7 Talk to Us’ campaign.

Samaritans mark 24th July each year to highlight that Samaritan volunteers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year. The organisation is highlighting the importance of talking to lessen stresses and problems that can contribute to poor mental health.

Part of our message is to let people know that Samaritans is here for anyone who wants to talk. People don’t have to be suicidal in order to make contact with us. It’s important that people talk about their problems as things are getting them down”.

We’re sending a message to men that they should not hide their feelings or be reluctant to talk about problems. By ignoring problems, the burden can increase and lead to much greater mental health problems, including a risk of suicide.

Yours,

Mairead Sweeney,

Limerick Tipp Samaritans